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Cullen announces he will support sunshine bill

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Gazette staff
March 28, 2011

Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, is supporting an open-government measure that has been introduced in the state Legislature.


Cullen announced that he is a co-sponsor of a bill, which would require partisan legislative caucuses to comply with the state's open meetings law.


The Legislature has four partisan caucuses, one for each party in the Senate and Assembly.


These groups often meet to discuss legislation while keeping their doors closed to the public.


Critics say the practice keeps the public from hearing the most important discussions leading up to new laws.


The Sunshine on the Caucuses Bill would require caucus meetings to comply with the open meetings law that every other governmental body in Wisconsin must comply with.


The bill was drafted by Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine.



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