Van Hollen: Legislator complied with records law

Attorney General's stance stuns open records advocates

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says legislators aren't above the open records law but the Wisconsin Constitution clearly allows them to invoke immunity in lawsuits seeking documents.

UW-Madison seeks exemption from open-records law

Proposal prompted by change in patent law

The University of Wisconsin-Madison wants an exemption from the state's open-records law that would allow it to keep research information private until it's published or patented.

Opponents say open records bill would hurt access

Supports cite high cost of redactions

Opponents of a Republican-backed proposal that could make it more expensive to obtain records from government entities say the measure would hinder public access and make it easier to hide information.