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.
Under the proposal from Rep. Tony Kurtz, R-Wonewoc, no sporting event may be held in a venue constructed at least in part with public money unless the event is preceded by the playing or singing of the national anthem.
"We are a very dysfunctional family at times that's for sure — but we are a family," Kurtz said on the floor Tuesday. "And what concerns me, once again to my core, is we are ripping ourselves apart internally in this country."
Kurtz, a military veteran, said requiring the anthem to be played more often would remind Wisconsinites that despite deep political differences, all are part of one country.