Candidate Survey 2018

Search the 2018 Survey Results 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 […]

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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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Compliance Guides and Videos

These resources are provided by the Attorney General’s office.   Public Records Law Compliance Guide, November 2015 – The latest open records guide from the Attorney General’s office. Open Meetings Law Compliance Guide, November 2015 – The latest open meetings guide from the Attorney General’s office.   In 2014, their office produced these videos. Open Meetings Law […]

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Links

Resources Compliance Outline: Wisconsin Open Records Law Compliance Guide: Wisconsin Open Meetings Law UW Extension guides to open government Wisconsin Attorney General Opinions Woznicki fix legislation summary Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy News Media for Open Government The Open Records Blues Wisconsin Photographers Bill of Rights FOIC 2008 Public Records Audit: Full […]

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Need help?

Here are some important resources from the Freedom of the Information Council: Open Government Resources tutorial: A summary of links to key information. F.A.Q’s.: Frequently Asked Questions about the Open Meetings and Public Records Laws, compiled by the Madison law office of LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn. Open Government Problem Areas: A changing list of problems […]

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Sample Open Records Request Letter

Audio/Video Narration for Writing a Model Public Records Request Sample Open Records Request Letter Copy and paste into a word processor. _________________________________________________________________________________ RECIPIENT NAME AGENCY ADDRESS CITY, STATE ZIP DATE Dear MX. XXXXX, This letter is to request the following records, under the state’s Open Records Law (19.31-39, Wisconsin Statutes): [BE SPECIFIC ABOUT THE RECORDS […]

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