October 12, 2016

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Minutes of the Oct. 12, 2016 meeting Capital Newspapers auditorium ​Call to order and introductions.​ The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m. In attendance were Bill Lueders, Dee Hall, Steve Lovejoy, Orville Seymer, Larry Gallup, Mark Pitsch, Jonathan Anderson, Kyle Geissler, Tom Bier, Andy Hall, Bob Drechsel, Bob […]

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Text of open records law

Public Records Law Listed below is the complete text of the law as of July 2016. Click here for a more detailed and annotated version of the statutes. Annotations are useful references to case law and opinions of the Attorney General that can help explain a passage. Wis. Stat. § 19.31-19.39 (2016) 19.31 Declaration of […]

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Text of open meetings law

Open Meetings Law Listed below is the complete text of the law as of July 2016. Click here for a more detailed and annotated version of the statutes. Annotations are useful references to case law and opinions of the Attorney General that can help explain a passage. Wisconsin Open Meetings Law Wis. Stat. § 19.81-19.98 […]

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July 21, 2016

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Minutes July 21, 2016 meeting Capital Newspapers auditorium Call to order and introductions.​ The meeting was called to order at 2 p.m. In attendance were Dee J. Hall, Rusty Cunningham, Beth Bennett, Michelle Vetterkind, Tom Bier, Dave Zweifel, Andy Hall, Orville Seymer, Mark Pitsch, Larry Gallup, Neil Johnson, Bob Dreps, […]

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April 7, 2016

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council  April 7, 2016 meeting Capital Newspapers Auditorium Call to order and introductions.​ In attendance were Bill Lueders, Bob Dreps, Tom Kamenick, Orville Seymer, Julia Hunter, Dave Zweifel, John Foust, Bob Drechsel, Mike Buelow, Mark Pitsch, Larry Gallup,  Tom Bier, Dave Haynes, April Barker, Andy Hall, Doug Glass, Paul Ferguson and […]

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Problem areas in open government

As identified by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council 1. Long waits. The Open Records Law states that requested records must be provided “as soon as practicable and without delay.” It adds that providing access to information “is declared to be … an integral part of the routine duties of [public] officers and employees.” But […]

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January 14, 2016

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Jan. 14, 2016 meeting Capital Newspapers Auditorium   Call to order and introductions. The meeting was called to order at 1:35 p.m. In attendance were Dee Hall, Bill Lueders, April Barker, Christa Westerberg, Bob Dreps, John Foust, Bob Drechsel, Steve Lovejoy, Mike Buelow, Larry Gallup, Tom Bier, Ernie Franzen, Beth […]

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Development in Public Records Board case

Dear Council members and supporters: Matthew Blessing, the chair of the state Public Records Board, has just released to me the attached statement, in response to the verified complaint filed by the Council early this week. The statement says the Board intends to revisit the agenda items from its Aug. 24 meeting that were the […]

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Open Government Resources Tutorial

Transparency in government is vital to a healthy democracy. Wisconsin has a long tradition of openness with regard to public meetings and records, including what may be the nation’s first state records law, enacted in 1849. What follows is a list of resources for citizens and government officials regarding open government in Wisconsin. The full […]

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July 23, 2015

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council July 23, 2015 meeting Capital Newspapers Auditorium   1) Call to order. The meeting was called to order at 1:33 p.m. Present were Dee Hall, Steve Lovejoy, John Foust, Bob Dreps, Larry Gallup, Tom Kamenick, Orville Seymer, Scott Bauer, Mark Pitsch, Doug Wojcik, Beth Bennett, April Barker, Bill Lueders, Tom […]

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April 23, 2015

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Capital Newspapers Auditorium Minutes of the April 23, 2015 meeting 1) Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 1:35 p.m. Present were Dee Hall, Bob Dreps, Steve Lovejoy, Beth Bennett, April Barker, Orville Seymer, Doug Wojcik, Michael King, Gordon Govier, Mark Pitsch, Bob Drechsel, Tom Bier, Bill […]

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Oct. 22, 2015

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Oct. 22, 2015 meeting Capital Newspapers Auditorium 1) Call to order. The meeting was called to order. In attendance were Dee Hall, Bob Dreps, Gina Duwe, Orville Seymer, Michael Buelow, Tom Bier, Andy Hall, Mark Pitsch, Doug Glass, Bob Drechsel, Bill Lueders, April Barker, Christa Westerberg and Steve Lovejoy. Guests […]

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