News from Around Wisconsin

November 23, 2005

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state's attorney general will not step into a contentious debate over a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire policy banning resident assistants from holding Bible studies in their dorm rooms.

UW System President Kevin Reilly asked Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager last week for her opinion on whether the policy violated those students'

constitutional right to practice religion. Lautenschlager's top aide, Dan Bach, turned down Reilly's request in a letter Monday.

Bach said if the attorney general were to call the policy unconstitutional, her opinion would compromise the office's ability to represent the state should someone sue over the policy. "In effect we would be conceding liability on behalf of the state," he wrote...

Schools: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Cases: University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire: Ban on RAs’ Leading Bible Studies