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Open Records

Mar 9, 2023

Appeals court sides with AP, others in open records case

A Wisconsin appeals court ruled Thursday that the state Assembly violated the open records law when it initially rejected, then fulfilled with redactions, documents sought by The Associated Press and three other media outlets related to sexual harassment allegations against a former legislator.

Feb 22, 2023

Editorial: A step in the right direction for open records

Wisconsin Republicans’ move to effectively render a recent state Supreme Court ruling moot is welcome news and should be embraced across party lines.

Feb 14, 2023

Republicans push bill to undo open records ruling

Republican lawmakers proposed a bill Tuesday that would render a controversial Wisconsin Supreme Court decision obsolete by loosening limits on when people who sue over open records requests can recover attorney's fees.

Jan 6, 2023

Here’s to a more transparent 2023

As ever, 2022 was a roller coaster year for open government.  

Sep 2, 2022

OPEN RECORDS: Outsiders can’t block records access

Wisconsin’s open-records law is most often used by requesters seeking to obtain records from a government agency. But occasionally it works in reverse, allowing someone to block the release of records to a requester.

Jul 19, 2022

‘A SETBACK FOR TRANSPARENCY’: Wisconsin Supreme Court reverses decades of legal precedent to weaken open-records law

The Wisconsin State Supreme Court issued a ruling earlier this month that open government advocates say deals “a body blow to the state’s traditions of open government” and encourages public agencies to work in greater secrecy.

Jul 7, 2022

Wisconsin court’s open records ruling decried as gutting law

The Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday issued a ruling limiting when people who sue over open records requests can recover attorney's fees, a decision that the court's liberals and advocates for open government decried as gutting the law.

Gableman ordered to not delete records
Jul 6, 2022

Judge orders Wisconsin investigator not to delete records

A judge on Tuesday ordered that former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman not delete any records his office has compiled, even if they are not subject to an open-records request.

May 4, 2022

Judge says not to delete Wisconsin election probe records

For the second time in as many weeks, a judge on Wednesday ordered that records related to the Republican-ordered investigation funded by taxpayers into the 2020 election in Wisconsin not be deleted, saying she was "amazed" such an order was necessary.

May 4, 2020

Evers will turn over 10,000 pages of records to lawmaker

Gov. Tony Evers is turning over more than 10,000 pages in documents to Republican state Rep. John Nygren, and paying the lawmaker's $40,000 in legal fees, in order to settle an open-records lawsuit.

Feb 20, 2020

Wisconsin Senate approves procedures for police body cams

The public would have access to most police body-camera video under a bipartisan bill passed Wednesday by the state Senate.

Dec 4, 2019

In reversal, Gov. Evers releases day’s worth of emails

Gov. Tony Evers released a day's worth of his emails to a newspaper, after initially saying state law prohibited him from doing that.


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