Wisconsin Sports Events National Anthem Bill


A Republican lawmaker wants to make the tradition of playing or singing the national anthem before sporting events the law of Wisconsin. “I strongly believe that we have to play it, especially where we are now in our country”, Rep. Tony Kurtz, He sponsored a bill that would require the singing or the reading of the national anthem before any event sportsman in a place built with public funds. This would apply to youth sports and recreational league softball games. “I don’t want to restrict it. The community can determine,” Kurtz said. He admitted that the measure was largely symbolic and non-binding. “I don’t want to make it binding,” Kurtz said. “I want people to do it on purpose.” There are no penalties for violating the requirement. Kurtz is a 20-year military veteran and proposed the bill after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban decided not to play the anthem. “We just don’t want what happened with the Dallas Mavericks,” Kurtz said. But Milwaukee Democrat David Bowen questioned the motives for the bill. how people can use their right to protest, ”he said. Most had mixed opinions on the proposal. “It should be. This is our country,” Kitty Merritt said. “I think it’s not necessary,” said Andy Rode. College tennis player Ellie Murphy supports playing the anthem at sporting events, but I thought it wasn’t always practical. “I would. Say it’s a good idea. Again, it’s difficult for some sporting events compared to others,” she said. Still, Kurtz said he thinks it’s not difficult at all. “Play the national anthem. Hard thing to do. No it isn’t,” he said. The bill received unanimous support in committee. It passed Tuesday night in the Republican-controlled Wisconsin assembly, then heads to the state Senate, where Republican Senator Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point , proposed a related bill Governor Tony Evers did not say whether he would sign the bill.

A Republican lawmaker wants to make the tradition of playing or singing the national anthem before sporting events the law in Wisconsin.

“I firmly believe that we have to play it, especially where we are now in our country,” said representative Tony Kurtz, from Wonewoc.

He sponsored a bill that would require the singing or playing of the national anthem before any sporting event in a venue built with public funds.

It would apply to youth sports and recreational league softball games.

“I didn’t want to restrict it. The community can determine,” Kurtz said.

He admitted that the measure was largely symbolic and non-binding.

“I don’t want to make it binding,” Kurtz said. “I want people to do it on purpose.”

There is no penalty for violating the requirement.

Kurtz is a 20-year military veteran and proposed the bill after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban decided not to play the anthem.

He said his bill supported community members who said Cuba’s decision did not fully represent them.

“We just don’t want what happened with the Dallas Mavericks,” Kurtz said.

But Milwaukee Democrat David Bowen questioned the motives for the bill.

“It prevents people from using their right to protest,” he said.

Most had mixed opinions on the proposal.

“It should be. This is our country,” Kitty Merritt said.

“I think it’s not necessary,” said Andy Rode.

College tennis player Ellie Murphy supports playing the anthem at sporting events, but felt it wasn’t always practical.

“I would say it’s a good idea. Again, it’s difficult for some sporting events compared to others,” she said.

Still, Kurtz said he didn’t think it was difficult at all.

“Play the national anthem. You know everyone makes that so hard to do. No it doesn’t,” he said.

The bill received unanimous support in committee. It was passed Tuesday night in the Republican-controlled Wisconsin assembly.

Then he heads to the State Senate, where Republican Senator Patrick Testin, of Stevens Point, has proposed a complementary bill.

Governor Tony Evers did not say whether he would sign the bill.


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