DOJ official: Government agencies not required to release documents ahead of meetings

Wisconsin’s government transparency laws don’t require public bodies such as the University of Wisconsin System’s Board of Regents to immediately disclose the documents that their members plan to discuss at upcoming meetings, a Justice Department official said Thursday.

The Wisconsin State Journal asked the Department of Justice last month to weigh in on whether the UW System violated public records or open meetings laws when it refused to release the details of its $6.2 billion annual operating budget until just before the Regents approved it. Continue…