MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Democratic leader of the state Senate has introduced a bill to let stores increase their deposits for car batteries.
South Milwaukee Senator Chris Larson wants to remove a $5 limit on what retailers can charge to encourage motorists to turn in their old auto and lead-acid batteries when they buy new ones.
Larson says the $5 deposit is enough to discourage folks from throwing their used batteries in the trash. And he says it hurts retailers, because they have to pay manufacturers more than $15 in deposits for each battery they put on their shelves.
A similar bill was defeated in the Assembly last year. The new measure has sponsors from both parties.