STEVENS POINT - Students, staff and visitors at UW-Stevens Point won't be able to smoke on campus starting next fall.
The school made the decision after it conducted numerous surveys of students faculty and staff.
The administration also held open forums regarding the issue.
The school's Student Government Association led the effort to change school policy.
School Chancellor Bernie Patterson said "It's time. UW-Stevens Point is known for sustainability and health consciousness. The policy demonstrates our commitment to wellness, which is a major part of our strategic plan."
A committee of students, faculty and staff will come up with a plan to implement the new rules during the spring semester.
RHINELANDER - A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker will allow bow hunting within city limits.
Hunters would have to be at least 100 yards from any building when hunting within city limits.
Rhinelander has used city bow hunts to control the deer population in town.
The city allows special hunts when they get enough complaints and see enough deer related crashes in the city.
But the new state law will force Rhinelander to allow bow hunting during the entire bow season.
Rhinelander Alderperson Alex Young says the law will erase Rhinelander's city hunt ordinances the city had on the books, like background checks on people hunting in the city.
"Those restrictions we used to have are off and anybody who has a hunting license can come in and bow hunt," Young said. "The only thing that you are really allowed to restrict is the distance from neighboring houses."
The city wants to go back to an old distance requirement. It would require hunters to be at least 200 feet away from a building. Cities can make the distance less restrictive. Its also the only thing municipalities can modify, so Rhinelander hopes to do that soon.
"We're kind of moving fast with it because the bill was signed into law today and it is late bow season right now," Young said. "So given that the season is open and anybody could hunt in the city with a bow right now, time is in the way of essence."
The city attorney will see if the city can go back to the 200 foot distance requirement as soon as Monday.
Young says people shouldn't worry about hunting in dense portions of Rhinelander. He says that's because most plots are spaced between 60-70 feet and would not qualify for the current 100 yard restriction.
The law, 2013 Wisconsin Act 71, also requires hunters to shoot arrows or bolts from their weapon towards the ground while hunting.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that creates a new open crossbow season to run concurrently with the archery deer season.
Crossbow hunting had been allowed only for those over age 65 and those with physical disabilities. Under the new law, hunters of all legal ages and physical abilities can use crossbows to hunt deer and other smaller animals including rabbits and coyotes.
The crossbow season will be the same as the archery deer season, which runs from mid-September until the end of November or beginning of December, depending on the year.
Creating the new crossbow season ran into some opposition from traditional bow-and-arrow hunters who worried that allowing a crossbow would taint archery hunting. Walker signed the bill on Tuesday.
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