Court Ruling May Change Wisconsin Open Records Law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Experts say a recent court ruling allows government officials to consider the intentions of people who file open records requests when deciding whether to fill them.

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled last week the Milwaukee school board acted appropriately when it refused to give an employee's attendance and disciplinary records to a man accused of abusing her.

The man's attorney says the court's decision marks a significant change in Wisconsin's open records law. Attorney Rebecca Mason says public records custodians previously could not make decisions based on who filed the request, but Wisconsin law denies access to most public records to people in prison. The appeals court says the man's history put him in the same category as inmates even though he had never been criminally charged with abuse.

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