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Assembly to vote on bill expanding property rights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly is set to finish work on a bill that would expand property owners’ rights.

The bill would prohibit counties from imposing development moratoriums, forbid municipalities from blocking property owners’ attempts to sell or transfer their land and bar counties from regulating repairs on structures in shoreland setback areas.

The proposal also would require judges to resolve questions about zoning ordinances in favor of property owners and declare that undeveloped land zoned for residential, commercial or manufacturing would be taxed at 50 percent of its value.

The Assembly passed the bill last week but the Senate amended it Tuesday to remove the undeveloped land tax language.

The Assembly is set to consider the change Thursday. Approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker.

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