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Loudenbeck proposes bill to lower working age from 18 to 16

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Gazette staff
Thursday, February 9, 2017

MADISON—Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, spoke Thursday in favor of a bill she wrote that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work without parental permission.

The bill, Assembly Bill 25, would lower the age requirement to work from 18 to 16, according to a news release from the 31st Assembly District office. The bill would not impact the amount of hours per day and times of day minors are allowed to work, according to the news release.

Currently, the law requires those under the age of 18 seeking work to obtain parental consent prior to securing employment, according to the news release.

Lowering the age will allow homeless youth to obtain gainful employment. This is the first step in a list of initiatives Loudenbeck would like to explore to help homeless youth, according to the news release.

“Unaccompanied and homeless youth are vulnerable to human trafficking, exploitation, and abuse,” Loudenbeck said in the release. “Providing these young people with an opportunity for legal, gainful employment so they can complete their education and become self-supporting adults will reduce their risk for negative outcomes.”

Wisconsin is one of 15 states which requires work permits under the age of 18, according to the news release.



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