Loophole allows Wisconsin legislators to destroy emails; ‘Obviously it’s troubling,’ FOI council leader says

Unlike other public officials in Wisconsin, state legislators can destroy documents to avoid records requests, according to a report by the Racine County Eye. State legislators must comply with the state’s Open Records Law — if they have the requested documents in their possession. There’s nothing preventing them from destroying documents, and one state representative…

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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…

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Judge: Wisconsin lawmaker should have provided electronic copies of open records

MADISON – A state lawmaker should have provided a journalist with electronic copies of records, a Dane County judge has ruled.  In her decision Friday, Circuit Judge Rhonda Lanford wrote that Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) should have provided electronic copies of emails requested by a longtime reporter and freedom of information advocate.  Bill Lueders, the…

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Wisconsin Supreme Court hears arguments about union vote records

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge by Madison Teachers Inc. to a state agency’s decision to withhold union recertification records — a case that could have broader implications for the state’s open records law. The case stems from a 2015 decision by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission to deny the…

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Many Wisconsin school districts fail test on records

State law makes nearly all governmental records open to inspection and copying, and requires custodians to release records “as soon as possible and without delay.” So how are they doing? Recently, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty conducted an experiment to see how well school districts are complying with the state’s open records law….

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