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City of Milwaukee will fight state imposed end to residency requirements

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Milwaukee officials will not abide by a new state law which struck down most of the city’s requirement that all municipal employees live in the city.

The Common Council voted 13-to-2 this afternoon to continue enforcing Milwaukee’s 75-year-old residency ordinance – and to challenge the new state requirements in court.

Both items were separate resolutions.

The new state budget bans all local residency rules statewide except for police-and-firefighters – who can live within 15 miles of the places they serve.

Alderman Michael Murphy supported both measures, saying the city has a responsibility to quote, “stand up for what we believe.” Aldermen Joe Davis and Bob Donovan cast the only no votes.

Davis says he supports the old residency rule, but does not agree with the Council’s tactics in opposing it.

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