Lassa Bill to Help Local Small Business Passes Committee

Madison – A bill to help a Wisconsin Rapids small business expand its special event offerings, authored by State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) and Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), was passed by a Senate Committee today on a unanimous vote.

Senator Lassa introduced the bill on behalf of Blasers, a baseball pitching and hitting facility and golf driving range in Wisconsin Rapids.  Blasers wants to expand to host various special events and tournaments, and needs a change in state law so it can sell beer in the same way bowling allies, billiard halls, golf and tennis facilities, and similar businesses are currently allowed to do.

Owner Shane Blaser testified to the Senate committee that the bill “will allow us to have another revenue source outside of our core business and put me on a level playing field with other similar businesses.”

“Small businesses like Blasers are the heart of our communities, and I am pleased that this bill has gained bipartisan support,” Sen. Lassa said. “I hope it will come to the Senate floor during our upcoming fall session days.”

 

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PHOTO CAPTION:  Shane Blaser, owner of Blasers in Wisconsin Rapids, joins State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) to testify before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism on September 2, 2015.  The committee heard a bill that would help Blasers expand it special event offerings.