Legal Articles

Wisconsin State Capitol Justice Mural, Kenyan Cox
The Legal Articles listed in the sidebar were published in the League's monthly print magazine, the Municipality and are listed by date of publication.  They are also indexed by subject matter and provided under Captions.

The information you obtain on the League’s web site is general in nature and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as and should not be construed as legal advice. Moreover, it is not a substitute for legal advice. While the League’s attorneys are a general resource for our member municipalities, we do not represent any municipalities. Please consult your municipal attorney for matters specifically pertaining to your municipality.

  1. Title II of the ADA: Ensuring Services and Programs are Accessible to Those with Disabilities

    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. . . . by Claire Silverman March 2017
  2. Wisconsin Park Boards: Roles, Responsibilities & Rulemaking

    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 . . . . by Daniel Olson March 2017
  3. When must body provide notice under open meeting law that its members are attending other meetings?

    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. . . . by Claire Silverman February 2017
  4. Dealing with Common Winter Issues

    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 . . . . by Claire Silverman January 2017
  5. Social Host Ordinances Should be Reviewed

    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. . . by Claire Silverman January 2017
  6. Cats, Rats, Courts and the Constitution

    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.” Daniel Olson December 2016
  7. Municipal Authority to Regulate Drones

    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. by Claire Silverman November 2016
  8. Alcohol Law Changes Allow Municipalities to License Wine/Beer Walks

    Wisconsin statutes regulating alcohol, and more specifically temporary beer and wine licenses, were recently modified to include chambers of commerce among the organizations eligible for Temporary Class B beer and wine licenses. . . . January 2016 Claire Silverman
  9. FLSA Overtime Changes Take Effect December 1, 2016

    . . . the United States Department of Labor has promulgated new regulations governing the application of minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to certain “exempt” employees. Full reprint
  10. Constitutional Home Rule Authority Diminished

    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 . . . Full reprint
  11. DPPA Exemption Authorizes Release of Unredacted Uniform Traffic Accident Reports

    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 Full reprint
  12. Significant Changes to FLSA Overtime Laws Effective December 1, 2016

    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 . . . Full reprint
  13. Municipal Home Rule In Wisconsin

    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. . . . June 2016 Claire Silverman
  14. Beware the Liability Boogeyman

    When it comes to opposing governmental decision-making, “boogeyman” threats are not just the stuff of bedtime stories. May 2016 Matt Dregne and Kyle Engelke
  15. The 2015-16 Legislative Session Turned Out Well for Municipalities

    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 . . . . May 2016 Curt Witynski
  16. Wisconsin's Recreational Immunity Statute: How Much Protection Does it Offer?

    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 . . . . Additional Info...
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