How to file a request for public records from your local, state or federal government

Wisconsin’s open records law begins with a declaration: “In recognition of the fact that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, it is declared to be the public policy of this state that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them.”

That’s pretty unequivocal. When government officials at the state and local level create a record — any record — under this law, the public has a right to see it. We are allowed to obtain, inspect and even scrutinize these records.

And that’s exactly what you should do when you want information.

Read the entire piece here.

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