Wisconsin burial site changes clears state Assembly

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state historical director would have to consider evidence for adding land to the state's burial sites catalog under a bill approved by the Wisconsin Legislature.

Developers need permits to excavate on land listed in the catalog. The bill comes in the wake of a failed proposal that would have allowed quarry owners to excavate Ho-Chunk Nation burial grounds to prove human remains are buried there.

The bill approved by the Assembly Thursday on a voice vote requires the historical director to consider whether evidence of remains exists before cataloguing a site and establishes a process for challenging decisions and removing sites from the list.

It now heads to the Senate.

The bill is AB 118.

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