Tag Archive | "open records law"

Your Right to Know: AG’s office could do more on openness

By Jonathan Anderson
Should enforcement of Wisconsin’s open records and open meetings laws depend on individual citizens having to file often costly and protracted lawsuits?
That is one option prescribed under these laws, and those who prevail in such cases can recover attorney’s fees.
But the laws also contain provisions intended to help people resolve disputes in a [...]

State needs openness advocates

As part of national Sunshine Week, March 16-22, the columnist wants to reflect on the importance of journalists and others being more than mere spectators in the tug of war that perpetually plays out over these issues.

Your Right to Know: Walker must answer questions on emails

Apparently, many of the hundreds of open records requests being made of Walker’s county office were going to the Walker campaign for review. Clearly, these were all public records and the campaign should have had no involvement whatsoever in their review or release.

Your Right to Know/Lawmaker contacts shouldn’t be secret

There is a broader issue: the public has a right to know who is saying what to elected officials.

Open government resources

A list of resources for citizens and government officials regarding open government in Wisconsin.

Your Right to Know / Vukmir wrong on records law

State Sen. Leah Vukmir is making a novel legal argument to dodge a public records request — one that could neuter Wisconsin’s Open Records Law.

Your Right to Know: Don’t delay on records requests

By Bill Lueders
On July 30, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on newly released emails between Scott Walker’s campaign staff and county aides in 2010, back when the future governor was Milwaukee county executive.
One email was from Cindy Archer, then a top county aide, to Walker and his campaign staff, advising that “we may be responding [...]

Your Right to Know: Voucher schools should be more open

Because voucher schools are still classified as “private,” they can — and do — ignore Wisconsin’s open records and meetings laws. It’s a double standard that
undermines transparency and shields information from parents and the public.

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