Both the Assembly and the Senate voted to pass the “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights,” a package of property-rights protections that included a provision aimed directly at providing relief to the Murr family. A pair of bills that constitute the homeowner rights protections now head to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.
The family argued that amounted to an uncompensated taking of the land. Pacific Legal Foundation, a non-profit law firm, got the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, but the court ruled 5-3 for the state in June.
Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) responded with a bill that would let property owners build on and sell substandard lots if they were legal when they were created. It would also prohibit merging adjacent lots that share the same owner without the owner’s permission.