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November 23, 2010

Creative 19th Century Detective Work

Odd Wisconsin, from the Wisconsin Historical Society, is one of my favorite web sites. As a history buff, I love the quirky little tidbits they dig up from the archives.

Last week it was a tale of some very creative detective work in an unsolved 19th century murder involving a rope, a barrel, and ... wait for it.. a badger.

Ban on Texting While Driving Begins Dec 1st

2009 Wisconsin Act 220, which prohibits electronic text messaging and electronic mail messaging while driving, takes effect Dec 1, 2010.

Specifically, the Act creates s. 346.89(3), which states:
"No person may drive, as defined in s. 343.305(1)(b), any motor vehicle while composing or sending an electronic text message or an electronic mail message."

Violators are subject to a forfeiture of not less than $20 and not more than $400.

See more from the UW Law School Resource Center on Impaired Driving.

November 9, 2010

Meeting of Special Committee Focusing on CCAP

The Special Committee on Review of Records Access of Circuit Court Documents met this past Thursday, Nov. 4th. The video and audio of this meeting are available via Wisconsin Eye. Memorandum, reports and documents mentioned during the meeting are available on the Special Committee's page on the Legislative Council's website.

The Chair, Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, recommends that the Committee ask their Legislative Council attorneys draft an options memo to look at areas there seems to be some consensus: time limits on records, expunctions, and whether expungements should be considered a conviction for purposes of filling out employment applications.

Other speakers:

  • Director of State Courts, John Voelker first speaks at minute 9:03 of the video.
  • Attorney Tim Costello, Krukowski & Costello. Discusses employment discrimination law at minute 25:35 of video
  • Ken Barbeau, Director of Community Programs and Services, Housing Authority, City of Milwaukee. Speaking from the landlord perspective and necessity of tenant screening at minute 01:12:00 of video
  • Lahny Silva, Attorney and Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin Law School. Speaks about consequences of conviction at minute 01:5300 of video

by Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin Government Relations Chair, Amy Crowder

November 1, 2010

MPL's Sanborn Maps Offer Property Level Detail for WI Communities from 1867-1970

The Milwaukee Public Library has recently acquired the Digital Sanborn Atlases which contains very detailed, large-scale maps of Wisconsin towns and cities from 1867-1970.

The maps were created by the Sanborn Map Company for fire insurance purposes. They detail buildings and their construction materials and were used to assess potential risk from fire and other hazards. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Today these maps are a great source of historical data for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists, or anyone wishing to track the development of a community, neighborhood or particular property over time.

City of Milwaukee Public Library users can access this database remotely with your library card. Others can uses the database on-site at the library.

From Now @ MPL