EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- An Eau Claire County court will hear cases this week involving four Amish families who failed to obtain certain building and sanitary permits for recently built homes.
An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says the cases are slated for a scheduling conference Wednesday afternoon.
The families are facing fines and potential eviction for failing to obtain the permits, which include a requirement that all new homes have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The Amish think of electronic devices as modern conveniences that violate the tenets of their religion, which requires them to live a simple lifestyle.
County officials say they have no choice but to enforce housing codes uniformly.
A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would exempt one- and two-family homes with no electricity from such laws.
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