Editorial: Wisconsin’s open records law needs deadlines and consequences

One game that government officials like to play is to pretend they didn't hear you. Kind of like kids when you ask them if they've done their homework or if they could mow the lawn. Ask again, and you might get a grunt, ask a third time and you might be accused of harassment.

I don't know if the state Department of Natural Resources is playing those games with Midwestern Environmental Advocates, but the public interest law firm filed suit last week contending just that.

In one case, the firm has been waiting for more than 10 months for the DNR to provide records it asked for, although the firm acknowledged it learned recently it had missed a payment deadline for processing the records. In another case, the law firm said it has waited more than seven months for records. Continue…