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Texts. Tweets. Public record? Elected officials in legal quandary over new media, devices

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In the La Crosse Tribune, Betsy Bloom examines the open records implications of cellular texts and tweets among public officials.

 

Minnesota court affirms open access to government contracts

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From the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the story of a Court of Appeals decision that all government contractors are subject to Minnesota's open records laws. "Under the law, private residents or businesses contracting with the government must comply with the Data Practices Act "as if it were a government entity." "

 

AG updates open records guide

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From the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism site, titled "AG updates open records guide", Bill Lueders explains the most important changes in the Attorney General's open records compliance guide, most notably that records custodians may not charge for the cost of the redaction of sensitive information.

 

Photographers' rights workshop

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From the ACLU of Wisconsin site, a photographers' rights workshop to be held October 16, 2012, at the UW Law School in Madison, featuring presenters Christa Westerberg, vice-president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, and Michael P. King, a staff photojournalist at the Wisconsin State Journal.

 

Municipalities Cannot Recover Costs of Redacting Public Records

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From the League of Wisconsin Municipalities site, titled "Municipalities Cannot Recover Costs of Redacting Public Records": Wisconsin's municipalities may find they are in a difficult place when it comes to complying with Wisconsin's public records law. The law requires municipalities to produce any records responsive to a request that can be disclosed while redacting from those same records any confidential information that cannot be disclosed.

 


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