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Jan 6, 2016

Court sides with Eau Claire County in case over Amish family’s home

A circuit court properly held an Amish family in contempt for failing to obtain building and sanitary permits before building their house, a judge has ruled in an appeals case.

Sep 30, 2015

Troubles continue for Amish despite building code waiver

Despite the passage of a state budget amendment that would let Amish families and other groups cite religious objection to obtain waivers of parts of the state’s dwelling codes, some troubles remain for some Eau Claire families who want to build homes without smoke detectors, carbon-monoxide detectors or traditional plumbing and electrical fixtures.

Aug 28, 2015

State waivers allow Amish to ignore building code (UPDATE)

Religious waiver forms that are being distributed to all 72 counties in Wisconsin are expected to resolve a dispute over building codes between Eau Claire County and its Amish community.

May 22, 2015

Religious waiver for dwelling code could mean case’s dismissal

A state budget amendment may mean that Eau Claire County won’t seek more than $42,000 from an Amish family that failed to obtain a building permit for a house.

May 21, 2015

Code waiver for Amish pops up in budget discussions (UPDATE)

If state lawmakers have their way, Amish families will not have to face fines and eviction for failing to build houses that follow requirements in the state’s uniform dwelling code.

Aug 28, 2014

Amish building permit disagreement lands in court

An Amish man from southeastern Minnesota says he didn't seek a permit for a home his family is building because it would have required installing a septic system, which is a modern convenience his religious beliefs wouldn't allow.

Aug 20, 2014

Judge rules Amish need to comply with building permits

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that local Old Order Amish families must obtain building and sanitary permits in accordance with an Eau Claire County requirement.

Feb 20, 2014

No phone tag involved in this game

A lot of communication goes into drafting state bills. But when half of the people involved don’t use phones, that communication becomes difficult.

Feb 20, 2014

Bill would give Amish a code break

The threat of eviction for Amish families has prompted a legislative proposal that would exempt them from certain requirements in the state’s uniform dwelling code.

May 12, 2009

Amish weigh money against tradition

Tom Coyne AP Writer Topeka, IN (AP) — A part-time construction job sturdied Orva Fry’s financial foundation after he was laid off from a recreational vehicle factory. It also kept […]


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