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.

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Wisconsin Public Records Board head: We didn’t change transitory records definition

The head of the state's Public Records Board said it did not change the meaning of a "transitory" record at its August meeting.

Matt Blessing, an archivist with the Wisconsin Historical Society and chairman of the Public Records Board, said the board did not change its policy at the meeting, but rather expanded the description of what constitutes a "transitory" record including more specific examples to guide staff in training and orientation.

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