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Van Hollen Announces a New Online Public Records Resource


MADISON—Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced development of a new online resource for government officials and employees, media representatives, and members of the public seeking information about the Wisconsin Public Records Law. A dedicated area of the Wisconsin Department of Justice website now offers easy access to Attorney General Van Hollen's formal and informal opinions about various aspects of the Public Record Law; sample documents such as required pre-release notices and letters seeking clarification of public records requests; and other resources including Attorney General Van Hollen's recent memo about the Schill decision, a PowerPoint presentation, and a video recording of the Department's 2009 public records seminar. Additional and updated resource materials will be posted as they become available.


All of these online resource materials may be accessed, downloaded, and printed free of charge. The online resource materials may be accessed through the Open Meetings & Public Records link on the Wisconsin Department of Justice home page,, or directly at