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.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported last week that the board may have violated the state's open meetings law at its August meeting. Questions have also been raised about whether the board overstepped its authority with the changes it made to records retention policies.

Bill Lueders, the council's president, alleged in the complaint that the board failed to provide adequate notice of the meeting's subject matter in the agenda, then failed to record the actions taken, such as motions and roll call votes, in the meeting's minutes. Continue…