Assembly Speaker Defies Civil Rights Law

 State Representative Jimmy Anderson made a reasonable request. Anderson requested to phone in to some committee meetings – just some committee meetings, not every committee meeting. Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos refused this straightforward request, violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is federal civil rights law. The ADA guarantees the constitutional right of every citizen to participate in the civic life of our democracy. The people Anderson was elected to serve, are entitled to his participation in the work of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Vos' refusal makes second-class citizens of the people Rep. Anderson represents. Representatives Anderson and Vos both took the same oath of office: “to uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Wisconsin”. The US Constitution guarantees the right of every citizen to participate in the work of government, a foundation of our democracy. By violating the ADA, federal civil rights law, Speaker Vos violates the rights of every person...
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Burlington Votes Against ADA

City of Burlington Undermines Federal Civil Rights Law City Attorney OKs Vote Against ADA BURLINGTON, WISCONSIN – The Burlington City Attorney, John Bjelajac, advised the Burlington City Council their vote against a provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act is legal. They did it on the advice of the Burlington City Attorney and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.How could the State of Wisconsin undermine federal civil rights law?   Ignorance of federal law?  Ignorance about the ADA?  It is clear from written material we collected from the department that they do it whenever they feel like it. Attorney Bjelajac told me that it is legal because they "did it with the regulations".   How could an attorney not know that ADA Regulations and Standards are federal law?   Why would he tell the Burlington Council that they have "every right" to undermine federal civil law.  He is a UW Law School graduate -- a top law school. “It's aggravating how casually people...
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