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Republican lawmaker resurrects bill to legalize raw milk sales


MADISON, Wisconsin — A Republican lawmaker is trying again to legalize raw milk.

Rep. Dave Murphy of Greenville introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow dairy farmers to sell raw milk and raw milk products such as butter and cheese directly to consumers on the farm where they're produced. The farmers wouldn't need state milk producer licenses or permits. State milk quality rules wouldn't apply to raw milk products sold on the farms.

Murphy wrote in a memo to his fellow lawmakers seeking co-sponsors that more people want their food directly from farms and consumers would be aware the milk hasn't been processed.

Murphy authored a nearly identical bill during the last legislative session. That measure never got a floor vote in either house.

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