Residency battle in Milwaukee going to the courts

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by John Cuoco

MILWAUKEE- The battle over the residency law in Milwaukee is now going to the courts.

Late Wednesday the  Milwaukee Police Association filed a suit against the city asking a judge for a temporary restraining order that would make Milwaukee comply with a residency law.

This all comes after Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the common council defied the state by passing a resolution last week to ignore the law based on home rule and file suit challenging it.

Barrett wants to maintain Milwaukee's 75-year-old residency requirement for public-sector employees.

Lawmakers in Madison just passed a law allowing those employees to move outside the city.

Barrett maintains the law violates the Wisconsin constitution.

 

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