5/11/17 – The state Senate has passed a measure that would eliminate requirements that 16 and 17-year-olds get parental permission to work. The G-O-P-authored bill was approved yesterday by a 20-12 vote. It would eliminate the requirement that children 16 and older obtain work permits. The permits cost $10 and require a parent’s written consent. Republicans argue the bill would make it easier for children without parents to work. Democrats argued that the bill would remove parental protection, set children up for exploitation and decrease state and local revenues by $730,000. The Assembly passed it last week. It goes next to Governor Scott Walker.