Wisconsin sued over group homes law

August 20, 1998
A state law giving communities the power to close group homes for people with disabilities is discriminatory and should be struck down, a federal lawsuit filed against the state contends.
     The law also violates federal laws that supersede it, according to the suit.
     The Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy and three individual plaintiffs also named as a defendant the Town of Pittsfield, challenging the Brown County municipality's plan to hold an August 31 hearing on whether a group home there "poses a threat to the health, safety or welfare" of surrounding residents.
      Under state law, if the group home is found to pose such a threat, the town could order the facility to close unless it gets special zoning permission.