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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July 19, 2018

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council July 19, 2018 minutes Capital Newspapers auditorium 1. Call to order and introductions. The meeting was called to order at 2:03 p.m. In attendance were Dee Hall, Tom Kamenick, John Foust, Orville Seymer, Tom Bier, Kyle Geissler, Doug Wojcik, Larry Gallup, Bob Drechsel, Ivan Moreno, Christa Westerberg, Bill Lueders, April […]

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May: UW loses big when it tries to keep secrets

When UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee released records about sexual misconduct complaints to news organizations last month, they heavily redacted the documents and refused to identify numerous employees who were found to have committed wrongdoing. Should media outlets sue to challenge those redactions, history suggests they’ll have a good shot at prevailing. We are the authors of […]

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April 11, 2018

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council April 11, 2018 minutes Capital Newspapers auditorium 1) Call to order and introductions. The meeting was called to order at 2 p.m. In attendance were Dee Hall, Tom Kamenick, Paul Johnson, Larry Gallup, Jonathan Anderson, Orville Seymer, Tom Bier, Kyle Geissler, Doug Wojcik, Dave Zweifel, Bob Dreps, Ernie Franzen, Mary […]

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April: Policies put public health at risk

Wisconsin’s open government laws were meant to strengthen our democracy by ensuring an informed electorate. But, sometimes, transparency is about more than democracy—it is about human health, with serious consequences when transparency fails. Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the city of Milwaukee had failed to alert thousands of families whose children […]

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Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names ‘Opee’ winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill Lueders (608) 669-4712 March 7, 2018 Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names ‘Opee’ winners Gov. Scott Walker, several journalists and a courageous private-sector employee are among those honored by the 2017-18 Openness Awards, or Opees, bestowed annually by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. The state Legislature, meanwhile, is being […]

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March: Let the sunshine in!

Let the sunshine in! In my career as a journalist, I have encountered many public officials who respect government openness and transparency. There was the state records custodian who turned over dozens of her boss’s embarrassing emails after telling him that keeping them secret would violate the law. And the university staffers who pointed me […]

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February: Citizens have a right to electronic records

Computers have made examining government records easier than ever. The smallest townships across Wisconsin post the meeting agendas and minutes online. And websites for government agencies at all levels contain an enormous amount of other information. Electronic records are also available on request. Say you want to see a skate-park-feasibility study you’ve heard about. You […]

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January 25, 2018

                    Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council January 25, 2018 minutes Capital Newspapers Auditorium Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 2:06 p.m. In attendance were Bill Lueders, April Rockstead Barker, Christa Westerberg, Beth Bennett (by phone), Ivan Moreno, Bob Drechsel, Tom Kamenick, Jason Joyce, Andy Hall, Sean Dwyer, Doug Wojcik, Kyle Geissler, […]

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October 26, 2017

Minutes of Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Meeting October 26, 2017 Capital Newspapers Auditorium Minutes taken by FOIC member Orville Seymer 1. Call to order and introductions. In attendance: Mark Pitsch, Kyle Geissler, Doug Wojcik, Mike King, Ernie Franzen, Katie Dean, Ivan Moreno, Bob Dreps, Christa Westerberg, Bill Lueders, April Barker, Tom Kamenick, John Foust, […]

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