A lawmaker wants to legalize office pools in Wisconsin.
"I view it as just bringing law into sync with reality. The police don't have the time to go out and bust up $25, $50 pools, nor should they. The courts don't have the time to hear those cases, nor should they."
Plale emphasizes at a Capitol hearing that this bill is intended for the very small office pools, betting up to 50-bucks.
"Not the stuff that bookies may be running but that average folks standing around the water cooler, in the shop, at the office, where they all throw in a few bucks and participate in an office pool."
Plale says as it stands now, every spring during the NCAA Final Four, and every fall during the World Series a lot of very good citizens technically become criminals. His bill would not expand gambling; it would decriminalize office pools and its participants.
NOTE: The state Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the bill Tuesday. Only Senator Plale testified.