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Wisconsin

Did Green Bay Get the Law Right on a Recent Open Records Request?

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported last week that the Green Bay Mayor’s office refused to release the spending requests  that city department heads presented to Mayor Jim Schmitt as part of his 2018 budget preparation. The Press-Gazette reported that Assistant City Attorney Joanne Bungert denied an open records request for the documents, saying they are drafts […]

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Wisconsin

Who Made Anonymous Green Bay Open Records Request? UPDATED

The City of Green Bay received an open records request for text, emails and social media messages from alderpersons involving two recent city controversies. The request was made anonymously, which is allowed under state law: 1.       All emails, text messages and social media private message from the alderpersons to each and Mike Frantz, Dennis Doucette […]

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Wisconsin

Lawmakers Seek to Raise Price of Transparency

It is a short bill that’s getting a lot of attention from some media outlets in the state. AB 26, introduced by 7 Republicans and 1 Democrat, would raise the cost of open records requests, say opponents. Specifically, the bill allows government entities whose records have been requested to charge extra fees for the cost […]

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Wisconsin

Budget Tries to Curtail Open Records Access

Access to public records doesn’t just make a journalists job easier, it is essential to the democracy we live in.  Open records allows the public a check on its government.  One can only imagine the things that would occur when public officials know their actions are very well hidden. Sadly, a strong budget proposal for […]