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File #: 24960    Version: 1 Name: REPORT OF EOC - Statement in Opposition to the Passage of SB 207
Type: Report Status: Filed
File created: 1/3/2012 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: REPORT OF EOC - Statement in Opposition to the Passage of SB 207
Attachments: 1. SB207 eoc statement to council.pdf
REPORT OF EOC - Statement in Opposition to the Passage of SB 207
To Mayor Soglin and the Common Council:

While we recognize that the current Legislative session has ended without the passage of Senate Bill 207, we would be remiss in neglecting the opportunity to state our opposition to the language of this bill. This bill is a threat to the fabric of fair employment which guarantees all citizens of Wisconsin an equal opportunity to compete in the job market. It will create a disparate impact on communities of color given the current racial disparities in the State of Wisconsin criminal justice system, especially the disproportionate representation of Black and Latino males in that system.

It is our collective opinion that the passage of Senate Bill 207 or any similar bill will take away the power of Cities and Municipalities to impose laws to govern their communities and preserve the well being and general safety of all its citizens. It will eliminate the City of Madison’s ability to pen and enforce legislation to protect its citizens from discrimination. The language of Senate Bill 207 would overturn a City of Madison Ordinance protection in place for thirty-four years as it pertains to arrest record and conviction record. It would remove the substantially related clause, time limits, and consideration for differentiation of degree of a felony (i.e. murder versus forgery) that are currently provisions of Madison General Ordinances.

Dane County has the lowest recidivism rates in the state and we believe that the protection afforded individuals by City of Madison has contributed to that reduction. Statistics show that access to housing and employment reduces recidivism. We believe that when individuals with arrest and conviction records are given an equal opportunity through state and local laws their ability to remain in the community is increased. The recent economic conditions have impacted communities throughout the state and the nation. We beli...

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