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GovInfoDay: WI Freedom of Information Council

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"Open Government in Wisconsin" Christa Westerberg, FOIC Vice President McGillivray Westerberg & Bender Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Non-profit organization, affiliate of national FOI Coalition - Promoting informed democracyOur focus is Wisconsin government info in particularMany members from mediaMy interest is as an attorney - filing open records requests for local zoning issues, deficient notification of open meetingsWFOIC website - post laws (including case laws that are often not available without paid subscription), Attorney General opinions, WI DOJ compliance guides, suggested template for open records request, links to related organizationsPublish monthly "Your Right to Know" column, often in newspapersOffer "Pocket Compliance Guides"Annual "Opee Awards" - cheers & jeersSpecial projects - ex: journalism school conducted auditHow do you make a records request?To the "records custodian" - suggested to do it in writing, be as specific as possible (see WFOIC template)Legal case coming up right now about access to non-work-related email on public...