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Good Bye Local Call Blog

Sometime during the summer of 2016 The Local Government Center will take down and no longer use the “Local Call” blog. There is a new Local Government Center web site coming online soon and that along with the Center’s social media pages on Facebook and Flickr, will serve a similar function to “Local Call” of […]


Alcohol Licensing Training May 25

UW-Extension’s Local Government Center is happy to announce the upcoming educational teleconference. Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm. This is a timely opportunity to learn more about the substantial changes made in legislation in the past year. Program Description: Wisconsin municipalities […]


Spanish Language Factsheets Available

A Spanish language fact sheet on Wisconsin’s Public Records Law , or Ley de Registros Publicos,  became the most recent effort by the Local Government Center’s effort to inform on important local government laws and issues, as well as reach out to Wisconsin’s Spanish speaking residents. The Spanish language fact sheet joins the Open Meetings Law  (Ley de […]

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Be Sure Your Local Government Complies with Act 10’s Grievance Procedure Statute

Since October 2011, all local government units are required to have a “grievance procedure that addresses employee terminations.”  Wis. Stat. §  66.0509(1m), requires that this procedure be a written document and that it address discipline and workplace safety issues as well as employee terminations. A Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision from December 2013, gives local […]


Charging Fees for Public Record Requests of Electronic Records

Providing the public with information is an essential function of local government. But complying with public records requests take time and money. To provide some balance to this conundrum, the Wisconsin Public Records Law allows an authority to charge certain fees for complying with a records request. An authority may impose a fee for the […]

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LGC Partner,Prof. Brian Ohm, Authors Extension Report on Changes to Planning Laws

A new Extension Report summarizing Wisconsin planning-related case law and state legislative enactments for the past year.  It is available at the UW-Madison Urban and Regional Planning Website website.  Significant court cases over the past year eliminated the authority of towns to zone land within the shoreland area and further reduced the extraterritorial plat approval […]


Regulating the Rocket’s Red Glare

Local Governments receive many questions about fireworks, and especially during the July 4 holiday.  The Local Government Center has identified these online resources to help answer questions.  Click the titles to connect to the information source.  And Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July! Wisconsin Department of Justice Fireworks Law Clarification State Bar Of […]