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State Assembly unanimously passes bill concerning prison-guard abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would require guards at Wisconsin’s troubled youth prison to report child abuse.

The bill passed Wednesday would make guards at the prison in Irma mandatory child-abuse reporters. That would protect them from retaliation for reporting incidents.

Workers in nearly 30 other professions are already considered mandatory reporters under Wisconsin law. Rep. Joel Kleefisch, who sponsored the measure with Democratic Sen. LaTonya Johnson, says the addition of prison guards to that list is long overdue.

The FBI is investigating allegations of widespread abuse at the prison. No one has been charged yet but the allegations have driven several state prison officials to resign or retire.

The Senate approved the bill in March. The proposal will now go to Gov. Scott Walker.

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