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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.