Wis. Supreme Court rules government can’t charge requesters for redactions

From The Republic:

MADISON, Wis. — Government entities can't charge the public for time spent deleting confidential information from records, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The decision marks a major victory for open government advocates and the media amid an intense debate over whether taxpayers or requesters should foot the bill for redaction costs, which can sometimes stretch into the hundreds or thousands of dollars.


Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, praised the decision.

"We believe this affirms not just the letter of the (open records) law but its spirit," Lueders said in a statement.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is a member of NFOIC. — eds.

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