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Wis. panel to consider wetland confirmation bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee is set to consider a bill that would require state officials to decide whether portions of land contain a wetland.

Under the bill, anyone who owns or leases land could ask the Department of Natural Resources to review its wetland maps. An applicant also could ask the agency to identify or confirm the wetland through field inspections.

Every county or municipality that issues building permits would give applicants written warnings about complying with state and federal wetland construction laws. The DNR also would have to develop a public brochure detailing laws that apply to wetlands.

Applicants would pay $50 for a map review and $300 for identification or confirmation.

The Joint Finance Committee is expected to take up the bill Wednesday.

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