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Disability rights specialist: Rep. Anderson likely has case for lawsuit

MADISON (WKOW) — State Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg) says he’s considering a lawsuit against the state because he is not being allowed to call into certain meetings at the Legislature.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) denied Anderson’s request to hold legislative meetings during business hours and allow him to call into some meetings that take place outside those times.

Anderson is paralyzed from the chest down and says he needs to schedule people to help him at his home at specific times.

Vos told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it would be disrespectful for a lawmaker to call into meetings while others were there in person.

Madison’s disability rights specialist Jason Glozer says it’s a likely that Anderson would have a case.

“I think Rep. Vos’ comments are really troubling,” Glozer told 27 News. “It would be one thing if he stood behind the policies and the practices of the House of Representatives as opposed to making if a matter of respect or disrespect.”

It’s not clear when Anderson will make a final decision about filing a lawsuit.

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