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Senator says she followed open records law

Sen. Leah Vukmir

Sen. Leah Vukmir

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Republican state senator says she has complied with an open records request from an investigative group suing her for more documents.

Leah Vukmir released a brief statement Wednesday saying she has given the Center for Media and Democracy the records it requested and she believes in transparent government.

CMD has been pressing Vukmir for records from an American Legislative Exchange Council conference this spring. CMD attorneys say Vukmir has turned over nine pages but believe she has more.

The center filed a lawsuit in June demanding she release them. The state Justice Department has countered the Wisconsin Constitution protects lawmakers from civil suits during the legislative session.

CMD attorney Brendan Fischer maintains DOJ is interpreting the constitution too broadly and the center still believes Vukmir has more documents.

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