Wisconsin legislator settles open records lawsuit

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislator has agreed to turn over additional records from an American Legislative Exchange Conference she attended to settle a lawsuit.

The Center for Media and Democracy has asked Sen. Leah Vukmir, a Wauwatosa Republican, to turn over records from an ALEC conference she attended last spring. Vukmir handed over nine pages. CMD sued her in June, alleging she has more documents and demanding she turn them over.

The state Justice Department defended Vukmir. The agency countered that nobody can sue a sitting lawmaker while the Legislature is in session, creating a dust-up with open government advocates.

Vukmir announced Friday the center has agreed to drop the lawsuit and she agreed to turn over all the records the center wants, saying upon further review she has discovered some exist.

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