July 25, 2021

Wisconsin Assembly votes to require national anthem at sporting events in publicly funded venues

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Assembly lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that would require the national anthem to be played before all sporting events at Wisconsin venues and arenas that receive taxpayer dollars.

Rep. Under Tony Kurtz’s proposal, no sporting event can be held in a venue built with at least part of the public fund unless the national anthem is played or sung prior to the event.

“We are definitely a very immobile family at the right time, but we are a family,” Kurtz said on the court Tuesday. And my concern, my central problem, is whether we are destroying ourselves internally in this country.

Military veteran Kurtz says music needs to be played more often to remind Wisconsinites that despite deep political differences, they are all part of one country.

A part of me is worried about it. When someone says I’m not going to play music, it worries me. Because friends, like it or not, we are a great family and I want people to remember that, he said.

Just opposing Democrats, the bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 744-22.

As much as I respect our flag, as much as you believe in this country, as much as you believe in our freedom, I am sure it is not understandable to feel the prescribed order, Rep. Lisa said the former Bill before voting against it.

The first said that the term sporting event is not defined in the bill, which could mean that every recreational softball game or soccer game in a city park must be played or chanted beforehand and may be ineffective in some cases. .

Officials who testified on the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association bill said the group supports playing the national anthem, but questions whether it will be possible to implement it at all sporting events.

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… Administratively it could be uncontrollable, the party said in written testimony.

As a former teacher and desk history coach, Don Bruink estimates that he has heard the national anthem some 2,500 times in his lifetime. He voted in favor of the measure, but said he was often concerned about the need for music because it could often make sense.

I want people to think about the words and what is said, he said.

General Brandtzen said the bill would promote patriotism.

Can you teach patriotism? Yes, by singing this song you can have a conversation and say how great this country is.

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