Civics: Open Records and the Wisconsin Governor’s Office

Libby Sobic and CJ Szafir:

The Wisconsin Attorney General’s office issues a best practices guide for open records requests for all government entities. Democrat Attorney General Kaul, along with his predecessor Republican Attorney General Schimel, recommends 10 business days as a generally reasonable timeline for

Neither the administrations of Schimel nor former Governor Scott Walker were prefect. Walker received backlash for supporting a provision that would have made it easier for Wisconsin legislators to withhold records from the publiciv and Attorney General Schimel instituted an office policy that

But Governor Walker issued two executive orders that required state agencies to use best practices when responding to open records requests from the public. In 2016, Walker’s executive order1 required state agencies to implement several new practices to improve customer service for open records requests, including: