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Raw milk supporters rally at Capitol

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Supporters of a controversial raw milk bill rally on the steps of the Capitol today to urge Gov. Jim Doyle to sign the measure into law. The event was the latest in a highly-charged debate pitting the dairy lobby and medical experts against organic farmers and raw milk consumers.

"Government shouldn't tell us what we can put into our mouth or consume in our body," Lisa Jacobson, a raw milk supporter from Milwaukee, said.

Doyle has until Thursday to decide the issue. If he does nothing the bill automatically becomes law.

"I'm just concerned that he's succumbing to corporate pressure to not sign the bill," John Peck said.

If Doyle vetoes the bill, the Legislature could attempt an override. Because the bill originated in the Senate, any override attempt would begin there. Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, (D) Wausau, on Monday wouldn't speculate on what would happen if Doyle vetoes the bill.

Under the bill passed by the Legislature, on-site sales of raw milk would be legal with certain restrictions. The bill contains a sunset clause which would kick in on Dec. 31, 2011.

Under no circumstances would raw milk be sold in grocery stores.

The "incidental" sale of raw milk is already legal in Wisconsin.

Proponents of raw milk claim it has health benefits. Opponents say drinking it can lead to serious illness.

Raw milk bill passes Senate Ag committee unanimously (May 17, 2010)

Opponents of raw milk rally; Doyle says he's listening (May 13, 2010)

Raw milk bill headed to Gov. Doyle (May 10, 2010)

UPDATE: Hundreds at hearing on raw milk (May 10, 2010)

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