2023 - 2024 LEGISLATURE
March 8, 2023 - Introduced by Senators Wanggaard, Ballweg and Felzkowski,
cosponsored by Representatives Dallman, Swearingen, Brooks, Moses,
Murphy, Novak and Tusler. Referred to Committee on Labor, Regulatory
Reform, Veterans and Military Affairs.
SB126,1,2 1An Act to amend 169.01 (28) of the statutes; relating to: the definition of public
2zoos and aquariums for purposes of captive wildlife regulations.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law generally prohibits the possession, exhibition, propagation, sale,
and purchase of wild animals without a relevant license issued by the Department
of Natural Resources. Public zoos and aquariums, which are facilities operated by
the state or by a city, village, or county or that are an accredited member of the
American Zoo and Aquarium Association, are exempt from these license
This bill expands the definition of “public zoos and aquariums” to include those
that are accredited members of the Zoological Association of America.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB126,1 3Section 1. 169.01 (28) of the statutes is amended to read:
1169.01 (28) “Public zoo or aquarium" means a zoo or aquarium that is operated
2by the state or by a city, village, or county or that is an accredited member of the
3American Zoo and Aquarium Association or the Zoological Association of America.
SB126,2,44 (End)