Does secrecy at state Capitol bother you?

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Greg Peck
June 11, 2013

Our strong open meetings and open records laws give Wisconsin a proud history of transparent government. Should lawmakers be proud of the way they’ve been conducting business in Madison?

We’re talking about two old problems—closed-door caucus meetings and all-night legislative sessions. The Legislature and its Joint Finance Committee used both tactics to wrap up work on the proposed biennial state budget last week.

We’re also talking about a new problem involving the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. This conservative think tank, based in Arlington, Va., is distributing legislation through “drop boxes”—Internet files accessible only through invitation—instead of emails because its attorney believes those files aren’t subject to open records laws.

Do any of these situations trouble you? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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