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BNSF not happy with potential new law



Mississippi River shorelines
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BNSF is not pleased.

Not after a bill passed now allows Wisconsin residents the freedom to cross railroad tracks pretty much wherever they can’t get to the Mississippi River.

Burlington Northern spokesperson Amy McBeth says the company is disappointed the bill passed the Wisconsin state assembly.

Before it did, people could only cross at designated areas, or fear being cited for trespassing, which consisted of 100 of miles of Mississippi shoreline.

“We believe the only safe place to cross railroad tracks is at designated crossings,” McBeth said.

Author of the bill, Rep. state rep. Lee Nerison from Westby, Wis., contends the rail company’s crackdown on track crossers meant that people who live along the Mississippi were often denied access to it without breaking law. 

The bill still has to pass the senate and get a signature from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law. 

“The end of the day, it’s about public safety,” McBeth said. “We know that the safest, best and legal place to cross railroad tracks is at these designated crossings.”

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  1. Ray Frentzel

    February 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I heard on the news on WIZM part of a story about dogs and it cut to a Tina DeNardo who was ranking them. Maybe it was national news, I don’t remember, But it was on 12:30 or 1:00. I wanted to find out what organization she represents.

  2. David

    February 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Only the people with common sense will be ok. the rest will be trouble.

  3. Nestor Roseman

    March 14, 2016 at 4:16 am

    They’ve been doing this together since the second grade, Carlos and Khalil, the two stacked and athletic linemen from Blue Springs, Missouri. They love playing beside each other.

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