Walker Releases Policy on Concealed Weapons in Capitol

10/29/11 – Those with permits will be able to carry concealed weapons into most state government facilities starting next Tuesday. That’s when the Badger State becomes the 49th to adopt a concealed carry law. Governor Scott Walker’s administration released its policy on hidden weapons in state buildings Friday. Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch says those with concealed carry permits are law-abiding citizens and quote, “We must respect their right to keep-and-bear arms under the U-S and Wisconsin constitutions.” Both employees and their clients can carry hidden weapons if they have the correct permits. Exceptions include places where firing a gun might cause a chemical explosion – and corrections’ and public defender facilities where convicted and accused criminals gather. At the Capitol, the Supreme Court will continue to be gun-free, as will the Capitol Police office and the Senate chamber. But all public hearing rooms will allow concealed carry, as will the Assembly chamber. Individual lawmakers can decide whether to allow hidden weapons in their own offices. GOP Loses a Lawyer Over Bill 10/29/11 – A high-profile attorney says he will stop representing Wisconsin Republicans. Vince Megna says he’s not happy with the bill the G-O-P drafted, which limits legal fees in consumer fraud cases to three times the amount of damage awards. The 67-year-old Megna is best known for representing those with vehicle problems under state lemon laws. He told the Associated Press he has turned down one potential Republican client he had been speaking with since this summer. Megna, from Milwaukee, said he would not help Republicans quote, “get redress under the very laws they helped destroy.” Megna has represented over 15-hundred clients in lemon cases – over 700 involving General Motors alone. Last year, he won a 482-thousand-dollar award against Mercedes-Benz. At the time, he said it was largest settlement involving a single vehicle. Megna also represented the truck owner who sued Burlington car dealer David Lynch, who had to pay 151-thousand-dollars in legal fees because he made a five-thousand-dollar repair the owner did not authorize. It was that case which spurred Republicans to limit legal fees. A judge can still grant higher fees in some cases. But Democrats say attorneys will still shy away from smaller consumer cases because of the legal fee limits. The measure passed the Senate Thursday. It now goes to the Assembly.