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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Host Upcoming, Annual Seminars on Public Records and Open Meetings Laws


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen invites the public, media representatives and government officials to register now to attend upcoming Department of Justice (DOJ) seminars on the public records and open meetings laws.


It's recommended anyone who is interested in the free, three-hour seminars with assistant attorneys general register early because space will be limited.

“I strongly encourage those who want to better understand open government and their rights and responsibilities under the law to attend one of these seminars,” Van Hollen says. “Education is key to compliance with and to prevention of violations of the public records and open meetings laws.”


The live programs will be held at the following locations:


October 4, 2012, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Carroll University


Campus Center – room 214


Northeast corner of College and East Avenues




October 15, 2012, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Fitchburg Public Library


Meeting Rooms A, B


5530 Lacy Road




A live webinar is scheduled for October 17, 2012, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A webinar is an interactive audio-visual presentation viewed live over the Internet from the participant's personal computer. More information about how to connect to the webinar will follow as the program date approaches.


When registering, participants will be asked to provide their name, title, email address, organization/agency, zip code and which seminar they plan to attend. Anyone needing additional information about these programs may contact Connie Anderson at (608) 266-3952, or


In addition, the DOJ has issued an updated Wisconsin Public Records Law Compliance Outline. It is available online here: Public Records Law Compliance Outline


This latest edition of the outline addresses recent developments regarding the permissible fees for responding to public records and access to records of an authority's contractors. The September 2012 revision also has been enhanced with links to court cases cited in the outline. Anyone may access, download and print the outline for free from the DOJ website.