FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      
November 7, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
(608) 266-2418

Assembly Republicans Protect Homeowners’ Rights

MADISON – Earlier today, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and Assembly Republicans voted in favor of legislation to protect Wisconsin homeowners and property owners. The Assembly passed multiple bills, including Assembly Bill 479 and Assembly Bill 480, all of which aim to safeguard against burdensome over-reach by the government.

“This legislation will empower property owners and protect their individual rights when it comes to their own homes and property,” said Rep. Steineke. “Our state needs consistent and common-sense rules when it comes to our personal property.”

The bills balance the importance of local government oversight while promoting fairer, more reasonable processes for things like conditional use permits and lot-merger ordinances. Included in the legislation is language that gives more rights to property owners, like the right to fly an American or Wisconsin flag and the right to challenge property tax assessments they believe to be incorrect.

“Ultimately, we’re putting laws in place that encourage growth in Wisconsin’s real estate and empower property owners to choose what’s best for their homes,” Rep. Steineke continued. “Wisconsinites need the freedom to do what’s right for their families and property – not extra interferences from the government.”

The bills now head to the state Senate for consideration before going to Governor Walker.