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State lawmakers to vote on bill doubling fines for reckless driving around garbage trucks

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday on a bill to double the fines for those who drive recklessly around garbage trucks.

Both the Assembly and the Senate are scheduled to take up the measure.

Assembly Republican John Jagler of Watertown proposed the bill, after a sanitation worker in his district was seriously hurt by a driver in January while collecting trash.

The National Solid Waste Management Association says up to 8 sanitation workers are killed each year by reckless vehicles.

Wisconsin and most other states require drivers to slow down or move as far away as possible from police and other emergency vehicles on roadsides – but Michigan is the only state with a similar requirement for garbage trucks.

The Senate is also scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill to expand the definitions of illegal food stamp trafficking. The upper House is also expected to let dentists charge more for some of their services, by approving changes in current contracts. The Assembly passed both those bills a few weeks ago.