Governor Jim Doyle has signed legislation creating what he calls "clear and fair pier regulations."
The bill was in response to tighter pier regulations put in place in 2004, which led some to fear what might happen to previously existing piers that did not meet the new standards. The legislation signed by the Governor allows owners to keep existing piers and wharves if they register with the DNR and the piers do not interfere with the rights of other users of the water.
Doyle says the bill makes sure people understand existing piers can remain on the water and helps clear up confusion over when a permit is needed.
The Governor called the legislation a good compromise, which saw unanimous support in the Legislature.
Doyle signed the bill Tuesday in Rhinelander.