Q: A county board went into a closed session meeting last night, and I'm interested in finding out what it discussed. How can I do that?
A: You are free to call the individual board members and try to get them to talk to you. There is nothing in the state Open Meetings Law that prohibits them from speaking with you after the session is over. Sometimes, the reason for confidentiality has passed and people will share information. Other times, they cannot. You also may file an open records request for the minutes of the meeting. The fact that the meeting was held in closed session does not preclude public access to the minutes. Section 19.88(3), Stats., requires that motions and roll call votes be recorded and available for public inspection. However, motions are typically phrased to conceal the confidential information that justified closing the meeting.
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