lawmaker sued over alleged open records violation

A conservative law firm sued a Democratic state lawmaker for allegedly violating the Wisconsin open records law after charging more than $3,000 for requested records, the latest front in the ongoing battle over whether emails must be provided electronically or on paper.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court against Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, of Milwaukee. It comes after a Dane County judge ruled in a similar case last month that Republican Rep. Scott Krug needed to provide electronic records when requested.

Conservative talk radio host Mark Belling has also been trying to get records provided electronically from Republican Rep. Michael Schraa, after he responded to  an open records request by making the emails available on paper in Madison, rather than emailing them. Read more…