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Bill barring the sharing of student biometric data passes committee vote

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin public schools could not share any identifying biometric data collected from students under a bill that cleared a state Assembly Committee Thursday.

The Assembly Education Committee voted 7-3 to pass the bill, making it available for the Assembly to take up on its last day in session next week. The bill's prospects are unclear in the Senate, where lawmakers have shown little to no interest in the issue.

The Republican-backed bill allows schools to collect the identifying information, if parents agree, but would not allow them to sharing the information with state or federal officials.

Democrats who voted against the bill say they are concerned about unintended consequences.

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