Eau Claire County officials have recommended denying an Amish family’s request for a religious exemption from the building code, testing a new state law, and a protest petition will be submitted to the board Tuesday evening.
John Yoder of Fairchild asked to use the exemption created by language in the state budget. It allows the Amish religious exemptions to having smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in homes, as well as from certain plumbing requirements.
The county’s Planning and Development and Health departments both recommended denial. The decision now rests with the state Department of Safety and Professional Services, which is reviewing the matter.
According to Daivd Mortimer of the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom, Eau Claire chapter, a petition with over 1,300 signatures will be presented to the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors during the public comment period at their meeting.
The petition represents concerned citizens who urge elected leaders to respect Amish religious liberty and the right to request a religious waiver to portions of the Uniform Dwelling Code.