Assembly committee to discuss public records

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Assembly Committee is taking testimony on a Republican-backed proposal that could make it more expensive to obtain public records from government entities.

The bill up for a hearing Wednesday would allow the holders of public records to charge those requesting the documents for time spent deleting confidential information.

The measure by Rep. Garey Bies is supported by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the city of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Towns Association. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign are among the opponents.

Open records advocates say the bill will make it more difficult to obtain public information from the government. But supporters say taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for the work involved with compiling the records.

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