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Increased popularity of barn weddings sparks safety conversation

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Menomonie (WQOW) - Weddings in rustic barns have only gotten more and more popular. Now, lawmakers are trying to make them safer. 

A new bill would require all electrical and plumbing be up to code. It would also require egress windows and fire alarms, and ban open flames inside. 

John Govin has a barn in Menomonie that hosts about 10 weddings a year. He said because they worked with the local fire department and the Department of Business Development when they first opened the barn, Govin's barn is mostly compliant with this bill already. 

"What this legislation will do is, I think, it'll bring some of the barns out into the open that might be operating on a dead-end road or in an unzoned township, and haven't done the things they need to do to make sure the public is safe," Govin said.

The bill is currently in committee, but it'll have to wait until at least next month, because the legislative session ended Thursday. 

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