Walker, GOP retreat on open records law
In a sudden reversal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said they agreed Saturday to remove a part of the proposed state budget that would have severely rolled back open records laws.
Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with legislative leaders. They said that they’re committed to open and accountable government and that the policy “was never intended to inhibit transparent government in any way.”
The restrictions, which Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee slipped into the proposed budget late Thursday, would have shielded nearly everything created by state and local government officials from Wisconsin’s open records law. The proposal drew heavy criticism from liberals and conservatives.