City sued over ‘bird-safe’ glass requirement

A new building ordinance to prevent bird deaths has prompted a lawsuit by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. 

WILL is representing four real estate, development, and construction organizations in a lawsuit challenging the Madison ordinance requiring “bird-safe” glass in new construction, stating that the ordinance violates state law and is unenforceable. The Madison City Council adopted the ordinance in August and it requires that buildings over 10,000 square feet and other large structures include safety features in some windows to reduce the risk of birds colliding with the glass. 

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