Wisconsin board knew public records changes were ‘significant’

The state Public Records Board used contradictory messages to describe its decision last summer to expand what kinds of records could be destroyed immediately.

To the public and news organizations, the message was: The board made a routine clarification that was not "substantive." That was the explanation given by Matthew Blessing, the board's chairman, in downplaying why the board did not even give advance public notice by putting the matter on its Aug. 24 agenda.


Editorial: Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council right to challenge Public Records Board

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council took the right step this week in filing a complaint against the state Public Records Board, alleging violations of the state's open records law. The violations are serious and require a thorough examination by the Dane County district attorney, with whom the complaint was filed.