Editorial: Wisconsin Public Records Board must reverse its August decision

The state Public Records Board is expected Monday to revisit a change it made in August on which state records need to be archived as open records. The board needs to reverse that change and ensure that all records relevant to the public's business — including texts, Facebook messages and other electronic communications — are archived and available to the public.

Beyond that, as Journal Sentinel editor George Stanley said in an open letter to board Chairman Matthew Blessing on Thursday, the board should "please go further than merely rescinding your redefinition of electronic records, now that you have seen how it will be used. Please also make a public commitment that the board you lead will do everything it can in the future to protect and promote citizen access to their government's records."  Continue…