Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Wisconsin state law permits
foreign ownership of land in some cases.
Van Hollen issued his opinion on Friday in response to a request
from state lawmakers nearly a year ago. Van Hollen leaves office
in a little over two weeks.
The opinion says
state law only prohibits foreign ownership of more than 640 acres
of agricultural and forestry land. He notes that the law was
changed in 1983 to allow for foreign ownership of land for
"almost every conceivable business activity."
Gov. Scott Walker
in 2013 proposed changing the law limiting foreign land ownership,
but the Legislature rejected them. The changes were opposed by the
Wisconsin Realtors Association and Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.