Openness Report

The Wisconsin Openness Report, a weekly newsletter produced by the WNA, highlights coverage of public records, open meetings and First Amendment issues. If you’ve recently written a story about open government or free speech, please email us at Julia.Hunter@wnanews.com.

Wisconsin lawmakers resurrect expungement bill

MADISON – A bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is again trying to pass a bill that would allow convicts to ask judges to expunge low-level crimes from their records, drawing criticism from open government advocates who fear the proposal would seal too much information from the public, The Associated Press reported. The bill, which aims…

Former UW-Whitewater football assistant sent defensive plans to opponent

WHITEWATER – A former UW-Whitewater assistant football coach shared details about the Warhawks’ defensive strategy with coaches at UW-La Crosse prior to the 2018 season, the La Crosse Tribune reported Sunday. The email, obtained by the Tribune as part of an open records request, contained eight PowerPoint presentations detailing the Warhawks’ defensive principles, coverage rules…