Wis. governor signs school mascots bill

CREATED Dec 19, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 19, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.
   
The Republican bill changes a 2010 state law that required Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction to hold a hearing on a school's race-based nickname if it received even one complaint.
   
The new bill requires people with a complaint to submit a petition with signatures equal to 10 percent of the school district's student population to trigger a review. They must prove the nickname is discriminatory at a hearing. The Department of Administration, which is under the governor's control, decides whether to drop the name.
   
The law will go into effect Saturday.