Wisconsin Assembly Committee to Vote on Mascots Bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative committee is set to vote on a Republican bill that would make stripping public schools of race-based nicknames and mascots more difficult.

The proposal would require anyone who wants to change a nickname or mascot to get enough petition signatures from school district residents equal to at least a tenth of the number of students. The complainant would then have to prove the name promotes discrimination or stereotyping. The Department of Administration would make the final decision on whether the nickname or mascot must go. The bill also would erase all existing name-change orders from the state Department of Public Instruction.

The Assembly's government operations committee is expected to take up the bill Wednesday morning. Approval would clear the way for a vote on the Assembly floor.

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