Wedding barn owners explain lawsuit against Evers administration

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BERLIN (WBAY) — Two wedding barn owners have sued the Evers’ administration in defense of Wisconsin wedding barns.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Dunn County Circuit Court.

This comes after former Attorney General Brad Schimel, made an informal opinion in November, saying barns should be treated like public places.

“We do not sell alcohol here, we don’t allow the sale of it, and we don’t provide it,” Farmview Event Barn Owner Jean Bahn said.

Bahn and her husband, Bob, began hosting weddings out of their barn after their daughter wanted to get married in one.

“Our typical client is a wedding and they’re booking out into 2020,” Bahn said.

For years the Department of Revenue has said entities like wedding barns that rent out spaces for weddings don’t need a liquor license.

“That’s not the business model I had when we opened this,” said Bahn. “Actually I would not have decided to go this way if I thought I had to be a barn.”

Since the issue remains unclear, Bahn hired an attorney and sued the Evers’ administration.

Her attorney, Lucas Vebber, wrote a statement in the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty Press Release.

“It is our hope that a judge will provide clarity and strike a blow for economic liberty that protects the rights of Wisconsin wedding barn owners,” Vebber said.

A spokeswoman for Governor Tony Evers, said incoming Revenue Secretary and the Governor are still learning about the issue at hand because it was questioned by a former administration.

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