MADISON, Wis. (AP)-- The state Assembly has passed a bill that would make having sex with an animal a felony.
Right now bestiality is a misdemeanor. The bill would create a new crime punishable by up to 12 1/2 years in prison.
Sentences would vary depending on the circumstances, such as whether the animal dies and whether a child is present or coerced into sex with an animal.
Convicts would have to register as sex offenders. The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Tuesday evening.
The Senate passed the bill in October. It goes next to Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign it into law or veto it.