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Wis. Assembly passes psych exams for police

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MADISON (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a bill that would require police candidates in Wisconsin to undergo psychological tests.

Current state law doesn't require mental tests for police applicants. Testing would begin in July 2011.

Lawmakers have pushed to make them mandatory since 2008, when Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Peterson gunned down six young people at a Crandon party with his SWAT assault rifle.

The state Justice Department estimates the tests could cost anywhere from between $500 to $1,000 each. The bill does not say who would pay for the tests.

The Assembly passed the measure on a voice vote with no debate. It goes next to the state Senate.

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