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Lawmakers push bill easing path for short-term rentals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill that would limit local regulation of short-term rental sites like Airbnb could be up for a Senate vote in March.

Websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey allow people to rent out homes worldwide for short-term stays.

Local Wisconsin governments like Madison, Bayfield and Walworth County have taken steps to regulate or limit such rentals.

The state is now considering stepping in with a bill that would remove some of those regulations, giving more leeway to rentals that last seven days or longer and prohibiting local governments from capping the duration or frequency of those stays at less than 180 days.

The bill already cleared the Assembly but has had a bumpier path in the Senate. A Senate committee approved a version mirroring the Assembly’s bill 4-1 Tuesday.

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