Today the Senate Committee on Children and Families and Workforce Development held a public hearing on SB 295. SB 295, authored by Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn), would change current law to allow minors 14 and under to work as musicians or performers at roadhouses, cabarets, dance halls, night clubs, taverns or similar places.
Wisconsin Family Action President, Julaine Appling, provided testimony in opposition to this bill. Read the testimony here.
We’re very concerned about the unintended consequences of SB 295, which is tailored toward a specific situation and does not take into account the irresponsible parents or tavern/roadhouse/etc., employers who might exploit children under this bill. Why would we want to put minors, particularly children under the age of 14, in situations and environments that specifically cater to drinking and adult-oriented entertainment? We can’t think of any reason good enough for the government to sanction such risk-taking with our children.