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Wisconsin Assembly passes bill regulating electric scooters

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 18:46:40-04

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill Thursday regulating electric scooters in the state.

The bill is now on the Governor's desk awaiting a signature.

The City of Milwaukee sued Bird Scooters last summer after they showed up unannounced on Milwaukee streets. Two months after they landed in the city, Milwaukee deemed them illegal and forced them to be removed in a lawsuit. Mayor Barrett said he would be open to bringing them back to the city if the law changed.

This could mean more electric scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Uber could infiltrate the city in the coming months.

The electric scooters offer another mode of transportation in many major cities around the world. Bird operates in over 100 cities, globally.

Scooters may provide a fast and affordable way to get from A to B, but not without issue. There have been numerous deaths and serious injuries associated with the vehicles, often sparking state legislation to create stricter regulations.