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Bill would legalize rubber-duck races for charity


MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Eggs and rubber ducks will be among the issues of grave concern in the Wisconsin Assembly today.

The lower house is scheduled to act on bills to let farmers sell eggs from their chickens without a state processing license -- and to allow charities to put on rubber duck races without running afoul of gambling laws.

De Pere Republican Andre Jacque raced into action after the State Justice Department warned officials in Mishicot that their annual duck race is illegal gambling. Charities throughout Wisconsin run the duck contests, that include the "Ducktona-500" in Sheboygan Falls. Neighboring Minnesota and Michigan allow those types of races.

The egg bill would let people sell their own items at farmers' markets without the need for a state license. The producers could only have less than 150 chickens, and they would need labels showing that the eggs are not graded.