Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook

Product ID: AK0199
Published By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE
ISBN: 978-1-57862-551-2

Wisconsin is a "blue sky" state; there is a statutory presumption in favor of access to governmental records and meetings. But there are limits to that access. If you don't know what these limits and rights are, you need The Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook.

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Wisconsin is a "blue sky" state; there is a statutory presumption in favor of access to governmental records and meetings. But there are limits to that access. If you don't know what these limits and rights are, you need The Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook.

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382+ pp.; 6th ed. 2018-2019

I. Public Records Law

  1. Overview of Wisconsin’s Public Records Law
  2. Making and Responding to a Public Records Request
  3. Privileges
  4. Access to Personnel Records in the Custody of a Public Official
  5. Law Enforcement Records
  6. Pupil and Juvenile Records in the Possession of a School District
  7. Contractors’ Records
  8. Fees a Records Custodian May Charge
  9. Enforcement
  10. Issues Involving Electronic Public Records
  11. Freedom of Information Act

II. Open Meetings Law

  1. Coverage of the Open Meetings Law
  2. Definition of "Meeting"
  3. Accessibility and Openness
  4. Notice
  5. Voting and Record Keeping
  6. Closed Meetings
  7. Enforcement and Penalties

Appendices

  1. Selected Public Records and Open Meetings Rules and Statutes
  2. Sample Notices Concerning Record Requests
  3. Key Cases
  4. Statutory Exceptions
  5. City of Baraboo Joint Review Board Meeting: Public Notice
  6. Verified Open Meetings Law Complaint
  7. Article: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Verbal Conversation and Decreasing Your Legal Liability

The 2017-2018 supplement reflects important legal developments such as:

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions and opinions on:
    • Balancing the public interest in keeping elections free from voter intimidation or coercion against the public interest in favor of public records openness
    • The public records law’s applicability to I-247 immigration detainer forms
    • Whether a school district’s curriculum materials review committee is covered by the open meetings law

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