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Wisconsin burial site changes clear state Assembly (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state historical director would have to consider evidence that a piece of land contains a burial site before adding it to the state’s burial sites catalog under a bill approved by the Wisconsin Legislature.

The proposal comes in the wake of a failed proposal that would have allowed quarry owners to excavate Ho-Chunk Nation burial grounds to prove human remains are buried there.

Developers now need permits to excavate on land listed in the catalog.  The bill approved by the Assembly on a voice vote Thursday would require the historical director to consider whether evidence of remains exists before cataloguing a site. It would also establish a process for challenging decisions and removing sites from the list.

The proposal now heads to the Senate.

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