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Stealing cable TV would be crime under new bill passed

Image courtesy of Courtesy Bravo TV (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy Bravo TV (via ABC News Radio)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Stealing cable TV service would become a crime under a bill passed by the Wisconsin Assembly. 

The measure was sent to the Senate on a voice vote. 

First-time cable theft is currently a non-criminal violation with up to $500 in fines.  The bill would make it a criminal misdemeanor, with up to 30-days in jail and $500 in fines. 

Also this afternoon, the Assembly agreed to give wounded military veterans discounts on sporting licenses. 

Combined licenses for hunting, fishing, and trapping would cost $10 for Wisconsin Purple Heart recipients, instead of the current $165.  Out-of-state Purple Heart winners would get a big break, too, paying 161-dollars instead of the current $600. 

Out-of-state recipients would pay the in-state prices for gun-deer and fishing licenses. 

The Senate okayed the measure in June. 

The bill returns there for consideration of an Assembly amendment.