Candidate Survey 2018

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We surveyed all candidates for State legislative offices with the following questions:

Ending the legislature’s exemption for open records retention:  Do you support ending the exemption in the state’s records retention law for members of the Legislature, which would make lawmakers subject to the same retention rules as all other state and local government officials?

Supplying records in electronic form:  Do you think that records requested in electronic form, when they exist as such, should be provided in electronic form?

Recording closed sessions:  Proposed legislation would require public bodies that go into closed session to make a recording of what is said. This could then be available for judicial review if the legality of the decision to go into closed session is challenged. Would you support such a bill?

Ending the legislature’s exemption for open meetings:  In a 2011 ruling, Ozanne v. Fitzgerald, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the Legislature’s adherence to the Open Meetings Law is not subject to judicial review, effectively exempting lawmakers from the law. Do you support making the Legislature expressly subject to the law, like all other state and local government agencies?

Ending the closed caucuses:  Do you support ending the ability of legislators to meet as a caucus in secret?

Identifying bill sponsors:  Would you support legislation to require that all bills, amendments and motions have an identified sponsor, ending the ability of lawmakers to introduce legislation anonymously?

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