Monday, March 27, 2006

Wireless Hot Spots in the Courthouse

There are at least four wireless access points, or "hot spots," in the Dane County Courthouse. Some of these locations have limited availability due to hours of operation or room availability.

2nd Floor: Court Commissioner Center area

Lower Level: Legal Resource Center (Open 8:30-4:30)
Assembly Room (Limited availability)
Themis Cafe

When you log on and try to access the internet, after by-passing your security settings if necessary, you will arrive at a "challenge screen" produced by Dane County Info Mgmt, asking you to log-in as a registered user. Scroll down on this screen and click on the button called "Log on as guest." This should allow you to start using the internet.

Monday, March 20, 2006

April DCLRC Newsletter

We've published the April DCLRC Newsletter a little early to give you a chance to sign up for workshops and classes held during National Library Week, April 3-7. Hope to see you at the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Reception on Monday April 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Madison Metro schedules neighborhood meetings

From the Metro Rider Alert, a weekly email from Madison Metro Transit:

Neighborhood Meetings Scheduled!
Metro Transit is in the process of developing service change proposals that would affect service in several neighborhoods.

If you are interested in Metro Transit services, you are encouraged to attend one or more of these meetings to learn what these proposals are and provide input to help guide Metro staff through its planning process.

View Meeting Schedule

Would Ready Return Work in Wisconsin?

From Mother Jones comes this interesting article that seems to encapsulate what a lot of taxpayers ae thinking: The government should complete tax forms for the taxpayers. They have all the information anyway, so why not? Joe Bankman, Law Professor at Stanford, created Ready Return to help California taxpayers. Could a similiar program work in Wisconsin? For more on Ready Return, visit Bankman's faculty profile page where there are links to FAQ.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

New Statewide Divorce Forms Debut

The WI Court System has debuted the first batch of divorce and legal separation forms on their website. PDF and fillable Word versions are now available. An interactive version will roll out later this month and will feature county-specific instructions. View the forms

Are you aware of your first amendment freedoms?

From the ResourceShelf's DocuTicker:

Americans’ Awareness of First Amendment Freedoms (PDF; 232 KB)
From press release: "A new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum survey finds that only about one in four Americans (28 percent) are able to name more than one of the five fundamental freedoms granted to them by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Yet when it comes to knowledge of popular culture, Americans are considerably more tuned in. For example, almost twice as many Americans (52 percent) can name at least two members of 'The Simpsons' cartoon family."

New article on line item veto

The March issue of the World Almanac newsletter has an interesting article offering an historical look at the line-item veto as used in Federal Government. Link to the article or link to the entire newsletter