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"All levels of government in Wisconsin should resolve to have a sunny 2023," writes Christa Westerberg.
"Under the open records law, a requester’s reasons, real or perceived, for wanting records has no bearing on an official’s duty to provide them," writes Adam Voskuil.
"Sometimes, I hear custodians say that 25 cents includes the cost of labor. But no court has ever ruled labor can be included in a copying charge. And commercial printers — including labor, supplies, overhead, and a profit — charge half that. If it really costs governments 25 cents to print every piece of paper, they should contract those services out and save taxpayers huge amounts of money," writes Tom Kamenick.
The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council sent questionnaires to Josh Kaul, the Democratic incumbent, and his Republican challenger, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.

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"The Wisconsin Supreme Court has recently affirmed important limits on such efforts. Ironically, it was the court that created the opportunity in the first place," writes Christa Westerberg.
"The law doesn’t say a plaintiff has to get a court order; it says a plaintiff has to “prevail.” And when you get the records you sued to obtain, you’ve prevailed. You got what you wanted. You won," writes Tom Kamenick.
"The state Legislature must do a better job of ensuring that those it hires are complying with their obligations under the state’s transparency laws," writes Bill Lueders.
Cameras in the courtroom can indeed be helpful in promoting trust and confidence in the judicial process. 
Citizens seeking to know what lawmakers are up to should be asking them to search the trash cans, too.

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