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Milwaukee proposal seeks to impound electric scooters

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials approved an ordinance giving the city authority to impound electric scooters that residents have been renting from a Californian company since last month.

City officials say state law makes the scooters illegal. But the Milwaukee Common Council did not ban the scooters on Tuesday. Instead, according to the Journal Sentinel, an ordinance the council approved would allow the city to impound scooters when they’re parked on sidewalks and Bird Rides Inc. would have to pay $100 to recover them. Riders would not be fined.

Proposal still needs Mayor Tom Barrett’s approval to take effect.

Electric scooters have proliferated nationwide in recent months and cities are grappling with finding ways to deal with them. Milwaukee has a pending lawsuit asking a judge to order Bird to stop renting scooters.

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