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Senate gives final approval to a new crackdown on puppy mills

The Wisconsin Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that cracks down on puppy mills where dogs are sold after being raised in unhealthy conditions. The bill requires dog breeders with 25 or more animals to be licensed and they would have to meet state health and safety standards.

Critics say Wisconsin say has become a magnet for large scale puppy mills, because it's one of the few states which don't regulate breeders.

The Assembly approved the licensing bill earlier.

It now goes to Gov. Jim Doyle, who supports it. Also Thursday, the Assembly voted 48-43 to make schools that teach sex education show students how to use birth control properly, and avoid sexually-transmitted diseases.

A number of schools teach only abstinence and supporters of the new bill say that's not enough to reverse increases in teen pregnancies and sex-related diseases.

The bill now goes to the Senate. Also, both houses OK'd a bill to make members of the UW Board of Regents come from all parts of the state.

The bill requires members from seven geographic areas. That's after many recent appointees have come from Madison and Milwaukee.