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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

What do you make of caucus meetings?

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Greg Peck
March 14, 2013

Freshman Rep. Debra Kolste, D-Janesville, has signed on as a co-sponsor of a bipartisan proposal from Reps. Cory Mason, D-Racine, and Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah. They’re seeking co-sponsors during this Sunshine Week—a national initiative to promote open government and freedom of information—to fix a gap in this state’s open meetings law.

Wisconsin has one of the strongest open meetings laws in the country. It creates a presumption that governmental bodies must meet in open sessions. Yet the law allows exemptions, and one of these allows our state legislators in Madison to huddle behind closed doors in separate Republican and Democratic caucus meetings.

Doesn’t erasing this exemption make sense? Does this legislation stand a chance of passing?

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Friday.

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

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