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.
A conservative law firm is pushing back against a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that transparency advocates say has damaged the state's open-records law by limiting when people who sue over records requests can recover attorney's fees.
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.
An Ozaukee County village must pay at least part of its former trustee's attorney fees, costs and statutory damages in an open-records lawsuit, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.
When overwhelmingly passed by Wisconsin voters in April, Marsy's Law was billed as a major step forward for crime victims' rights, but public records advocates are raising concerns that an over-interpretation of the constitutional amendment by some law enforcement agencies could curtail access to public information.
A Madison resident is suing the Madison Metropolitan School District under open-records laws to obtain information about the district's Board of Education, school improvement plans, reading curriculum and other records.
Before becoming a mediator, Morganne MacDonald had spent more than two decades as a family law practitioner advocating for children and others who typically have no voice in the legal system.
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