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It is a pretty good guess that most Wisconsin city councils, village boards and their sub-units utilize Robert's Rules of Order as the rules of procedure for their respective body even though no state law requires they be utilized. . . .
Many municipalities have enacted ordinances regulating the residency of sex offenders. Such ordinances typically prohibit sex offenders, or a certain class of sex offenders, from living within a certain distance of prohibited locations.
Many municipalities have property registration and inspection ordinances to ehlp ensure that they have important information regarding buildings within the municipality . . .
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination and is meant to ensure equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state, and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities. . . .
The spotlight and attention in Wisconsin city and village government is most often focused on city councils, village boards, planning commissions, community development authorities, and similar governmental bodies with the legal authority . . . .
League attorneys have received many questions about correspondence sent from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office of Open Government to Winnebago County relating to whether it is necessary to provide notice under the open meetings. . . .
In a 1984 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, former Justice Louis Ceci penned, “Snow is ubiquitous in the state of Wisconsin during the winter months…”1 Although snow does not seem to be quite as “ubiquitous” in Wisconsin during the winter months . . . .
In recent years, many municipalities have enacted social host ordinances aimed at preventing adults from hosting underage drinking parties at private homes. Certain provisions in those ordinances are likely unenforceable. . .
A federal court decision might be notable simply because it begins with, “Rats. This case is about rats. Giant, inflatable rats . . . Cats too – inflatable fat cats, wearing business suits and pinkie rings, strangling workers.”
In the past year, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, has proliferated with affordable models making the popular technology increasingly accessible to both commercial and recreational users.
Wisconsin statutes regulating alcohol, and more specifically temporary beer andwine licenses, were recently modified to include chambers of commerce amongthe organizations eligible for Temporary Class B beer and wine licenses. . . .
. . . the United States Department of Labor has promulgated new regulations governing the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to certain “exempt” employees.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held that the City of Milwaukee’s longstanding charter ordinance1 requiring city employees to reside in the city is unenforceable following the legislature’s enactment of Wis. Stat. § 66.0502 . . .
For several years now, law enforcement record custodians have been navigating difficult, uncharted terrain when responding to requests under Wisconsin’s public records law for law enforcement records
On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced its Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements . . .
Common council and village board members may find it helpful to have a general understanding of municipal authority. The general rule is that municipalities are creatures of the state and have only the powers given them. . . .
When it comes to opposing governmental decision-making, “boogeyman” threats are not just the stuff of bedtime stories.
Thanks to increased lobbying efforts by municipal officials, the 2015-2016 legislative session was one of the best for municipalities in years. Dozens of items helpful to cities and villages . . . .
Many Wisconsin municipalities own property used to provide residents and visitors with opportunities for recreation. These include municipal parks, playgrounds, pools, beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, skating rinks, hills used for sledding . . . .
This article summarizes recent developments related to election administration and campaign finance laws which will be in effect for the first time in 2016.
Last July, the United States Department of Labor (DOL or Department) proposedupdating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governingthe application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to executive,administrative, and . . . .
One of the most perplexing local government policy areas is sign regulation.The difficulties arise from sometimes incomprehensible free speech decisionsby courts and the uncertain impacts on regulation programs that seek to controlsigns . . . .
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently agreed torehear a case challenging the constitutionality of a city’s anti-panhandlingordinance in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Gilbert, 135S.Ct. 2887 (2015) . . . .
Police officers and firefighters manage difficult and often dangerous situations. Fortunately, most protective services employees are dedicated public servants,and smaller communities may see years go by without need for formal disciplinaryaction...
La Crosse landlords challenged a city ordinance requiring landlords toparticipate in an inspection and registration program, asserting that theordinance was preempted by Wis. Stat. sec. 66.0104. The circuit court rejectedthe landlords’ arguments.
Wisconsin Carry, Inc., a self-described “gun rights organization,” sought a declaratory judgment that a rule prohibiting persons from traveling in city buses with weapons. . . .
On July 12, Governor Walker signed the 2015-2017 state budget bill into law as Act 55. Municipalities came out fairly well considering the state’s fiscal condition and the political dynamics in the state capitol.