MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly has passed a bill that would make having sex with an animal a felony.
Right now bestiality is a misdemeanor.
The bill would create a new crime punishable by up to 12½ years in prison.
Sentences would vary depending on the circumstances, such as whether the animal dies and whether a child is present or coerced into sex with an animal.
Convicts would have to register as sex offenders.
The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote Tuesday evening.
The Senate passed the bill in October. It goes next to Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign it into law or veto it.
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