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Senate panel OKs wetland exemptions bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate's natural resources committee has signed off on a Republican bill that would allow builders to fill state wetlands without a permit.

The committee approved the bill 3-2 Thursday afternoon, clearing the way for a full Senate floor vote.

The bill allows developers to fill up to an acre of urban wetlands as well as up to three acres of non-urban wetlands without a permit.

Builders who fill more than 10,000 square feet of an urban wetland would have to mitigate square footage equal to the portion of fill exceeding 10,000 feet. Builders who fill non-urban wetlands wouldn't have to mitigate unless they fill more than 1.5 acres.

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