One part of the state budget that will be changed
is a modification to the state's open records law.
The Joint Finance Committee added a last-minute provision
last week that would have made nearly all records
created by government officials exempt from open records
That means the public would not be able to file requests
for things like communications between lawmakers and
drafts of proposed bills.
Republicans quickly agreed to drop the provision after
Our open records requests abilities are important
in this state, and this is a terrible piece of legislation
if you really want a tool that will lead to corrupt
government, I think this is the tool that would lead
to corrupt government.
Governor Scott Walker and Republican leaders in the
state legislature say the proposal was never meant
to get in the way of government transparency .
and plan to remove the
provision from the budget altogether.