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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will be hosting six free seminars across the state of Wisconsin to promote public awareness of and compliance with the state's open meetings and public records law, he announced today. At each seminar, Attorney General Van Hollen will be accompanied by assistant attorneys general who are experts in Wisconsin's open meetings and public records laws.


"Access to open meetings and public records is an essential component of effective citizen oversight of the workings of our democratic government," Van Hollen said. "Raising awareness, sharing information, and promoting compliance with the open meetings law and the public records law is part of the Department of Justice's ongoing mission. As the state's chief law enforcement officer, I understand and recognize the importance and vital need of enforcing Wisconsin's open meetings and access to public records laws. I also believe that the best way to enforce that is by educating, updating, and informing public officials as to the content of those laws. For that reason, this fall, I am hosting a series of meetings throughout the state on open meetings and public records laws."


Attorney General Van Hollen also announced today that his office has published new, revised compliance outlines on open meetings law and public records law.


"Most public officials recognize the importance of Wisconsin's open meetings and public records laws, and how they help inform citizens of the actions of their government," Van Hollen continued. "These seminars and the revised compliance outlines are designed to help officials understand their lawful obligations to meet the expectations of Wisconsin's open meetings and public records laws. This upholds and encourages Wisconsin's tradition of transparent and citizen-involved government."


The seminars, each scheduled for three hours, will take place in Stevens Point (September 18), Rhinelander (October 8), La Crosse (October 10), Madison (October 29), Green Bay (November 6), and Milwaukee(November 8). Each seminar is free and open to the public, though registration is required due to limited seating. Individuals are invited to register at the Wisconsin Department of Justice website ( They may also register by submitting an email to or by calling the Department of Justice at (608) 267-2220. Registrants should provide their name, title, organization or agency, and identify the seminar they wish to attend.


A short audio file containing Attorney General Van Hollen's announcement of the seminars can be found here. or at and users should click on the link entitled "Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's Statement on Seminars."


Stevens Point
Tuesday, September 18th
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Portage County Public Library's
Pinery Room
1001 Main Street
Monday, October 8
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Nicolet Area
Technical College
Learning Resources Center
5364 College Drive
La Crosse
Wednesday, October 10
9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
UW-LaCrosse-Cleary Alumni
And Friends Center
615 East Avenue, North
Monday, October 29th
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
American Family
Center Auditorium
6000 American Parkway
Green Bay
Tuesday, November 6th
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
NE WI Technical College
Conference Center
Lecture Hall
Thursday, November 8th
1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Safety Academy Theatre
6680 North Teutonia Avenue