Too many people are unaware of their rights under the records and meetings laws. That enables officials to put unnecessary roadblocks in their way.
Your Right to Know
Your Right to Know is a monthly column distributed by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, a group dedicated to open government.
A governor “committed to openness and transparency” should not be ending initiatives that improve compliance. Gov. Evers, the ball’s in your court.
Now barred from charging print copy fees for emails, it appears some lawmakers are finding new ways to impose significant search fees on records requests.
As Justice Shirley Abrahamson ends her tenure on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, she leaves a rich legacy of legal scholarship, importantly including her support for government transparency.
An open records lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy helped ensure Wisconsin’s open records law applies to all requests, big or small.
Shielding the names of winners would make it hard for the public and the media to figure out whether the lottery is on the up-and-up — or whether we are being bamboozled.
The proposed body cam bill was approved by nine of 10 committee members and received unanimous support from the bipartisan Joint Legislative Council.
The goal of erasing criminal convictions for those who are deserving can be accomplished without removing records from public view.
As part of Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of open government that runs from March 10-16, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is bestowing its 13th annual Openness Awards, or Opees.
The more we know about the efforts by officials in Racine to shield public records from public view, the more outrageous it seems.