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Senate approves bill outlawing parents from giving kids to non-residents

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A bill passed by the state Senate would make it a crime for Wisconsin parents to turn over their children to non-residents without government approval.

The upper house sent the measure to Governor Scott Walker on a voice vote. The bill is meant to prevent parents from advertising online and give away adopted youngsters.

Last year, the Reuters News Service told how Todd and Melissa Puchalla of Kiel adopted a teenage girl from Liberia. They then turned her over to an Illinois couple without knowing that the girl's new mother had children taken away from her in the past due to the couple's violent tendencies.

Assembly Republican Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc drafted the bill, saying, "God only knows what is happening to these children in our country."

Also Tuesday, the Senate gave final legislative approval to ending the long time practice of letting family members harbor relatives wanted for felonies. Senators also endorsed a new set of required court hearings to make sure that adults under restraining orders give up their firearms, as required by federal law. That bill is also on its way to the governor.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)