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Public Records & Open Meetings Reference Index Guide


Updated Compliance Outlines on Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law Available on Department of Justice's Web Site


The Wisconsin Department of Justice has created this index card so that information on public records and open meetings laws is readily available.


Compliance outlines on the open meetings law and the public records law have been updated and are available on the Wisconsin Department of Justice's website at


Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will be hosting free seminars across the State of Wisconsin to promote public awareness of and compliance with the state's open meetings and public records law. 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. "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.  The best way to enforce these laws is by educating the public and public officials as to the content of those laws. For that reason, this fall, I am hosting a series of seminars throughout the state on open meetings and public records laws."


The seminars, each scheduled for three hours, will take place in Green Bay, Eau Claire, La Crosse and Rhinelander on September 25, 2009 via video conferencing. This marks the first time that the seminars have been offered through video conferencing. Additional seminars will be held in Milwaukee (October 8) and Madison (October 9).


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 calling (608) 267-1307 between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registrants should provide their name, title, organization or agency, and identify the seminar they wish to attend.  Additional information as to event details is available in the attached pdf document, which is also available at