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Sunshine Week is March 16-22, 2014. This celebration coincides with the birthday of President James Madison, who wrote that “a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
Please join me in celebrating Wisconsin’s open government “sunshine laws,” the Public Records Law and the Open Meetings Law. By shedding light on the workings of government and the acts of public officers and employees, these laws greatly facilitate our system of democratic government. I applaud the ongoing efforts of our state and local officials and employees to diligently comply with their obligations under these laws.
Understanding how the Public Records Law and the Open Meetings Law work is critical to their success. I am proud of the work done by my staff at the Wisconsin Department of Justice to provide open government information and assistance. I invite everyone to utilize our free resources:
I encourage everyone to celebrate the spirit of open government all year long, and to contact the Department of Justice whenever we can assist in opening government operations to the “sunshine” of public oversight.