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Why Will Elevators In Wisconsin State Capitol Be Shut Down On Inauguration Day?

December 29, 2010

I have been to all of the inaugurations of Wisconsin governors since 1987.  (Tommy Thompson’s first one) Never have I heard of the elevators being shut down in the statehouse on that day.  This seems a horrible way to start the Scott Walker term in office.  Is this an attempt to limit access to our state government?

This was emailed to *Legislative All Assembly; *Legislative Audit Bureau; *Legislative Council Staff; *Legislative Reference Bureau; *Legislative Technology Services Bureau; Legislative Fiscal Bureau

Due to our support of Inauguration, Monday, January 3rd the Assembly Sergeant at Arms Office will be closing at 12:30 pm.  If Session is completed before 5 pm we will reopen, otherwise our office will reopen at 8:00 am Tuesday, January 4th.

If you have errands to be completed on Monday please try to plan ahead and call in the morning.  We appreciate your cooperation.

FYI all passenger elevators except one in the south wing will be shut down from 8:45 to 1:00 p.m. on Inauguration Day.


 William M. Nagy

Assistant Chief Clerk & Sergeant-at-Arms

Wisconsin State Assembly

  1. Karen Majkrzak permalink
    December 31, 2010 11:58 AM

    It would be helpful to any elders or handicapped individuals to actually have access to elevators. I really do not understand the thinking that shutting down elevators is a good idea at all. A very poor beginning for accessibility rights message of the new administration.

  2. Sam permalink
    December 30, 2010 9:56 AM

    In Milwaukee County there was no end for the outright disdain that Walker had for the disabled. What we knew here is now what the whole state is about to be made aware of.

  3. Alan permalink
    December 29, 2010 11:37 PM

    Apparently, the Walker administration to be, doesn’t think we know how to use the stairs. Duh!

  4. Alex permalink
    December 29, 2010 11:34 PM

    The elevators in the Capitol are so slow it’s easier to just take the stairs anyway.


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