The State of Wisconsin is advising how to break federal civil rights law.
Tucked into the state commercial building code is a problem. Only Wisconsin has this little stinker. The problem is that the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services created an “exception” to the building code. This change means Wisconsin is illegally giving permission to the public to violate federal law.
No one challenged this practice until we did.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is civil rights law. It is modeled after the more famous Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is not frivolous. It is not optional. Wisconsin staff cannot pick and choose which federal law they like.
Federal law has priority over every state law and every state regulation. Plain and simple.
Why isn’t Wisconsin checking building code for conflict with federal law?
How many local governments and businesses used the advice to break federal civil rights law?
Why does the department refuse to meet with us?
What other departments of Wisconsin government are undermining the civil rights of people with disabilities?
The Burlington Common Council voted to use this little piece of the building code. The Council voted to put state regulations over federal law. The Council voted to violate federal law based on advice from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.