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updated 5:27 PM UTC, Feb 23, 2017

GOP Bill Would End Work Permit Mandates For 16-17 Year Olds

  • Written by Wheeler
  • Published in News

A state Assembly Republican wants to eliminate a requirement that 16-and-17-year-olds obtain state work permits before they can take jobs.

Representative Amy Loudenbeck of Clinton, near Beloit, says her bill would make it easier for kids who don't live with parents to gain meaningful employment -- thus making it less likely they'll be targeted for sex trafficking and other abusive crimes. Current state law requires minors to get signed letters from parents, guardians, and employers before they can get work permits. Wisconsin is among 15 states that require the permits for those younger than 18.

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