- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - It looks like the Assembly is going to approve a scaled-down bill relaxing regulations for developing water bodies.

The bill originally created a general permit authorizing shoreline property owners to dredge inland lakes and outlying waters. It also reduced the types of water bodies that could be classified as areas of special natural resource interest, or ASNRIs. Developers must meet stricter permit standards in such areas.

The Senate amended the bill on Wednesday to remove the general dredging permit language and restrict even further the types of water bodies that could be considered ASNRIs.

The Assembly is expected to vote on that version of the bill on Thursday. Approval would send the measure to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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