- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel says he wants to update Wisconsin’s open records and open meetings laws.

Schimel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial board on Thursday that the state’s laws are woefully out of date. He says he wants to bring the laws into the 21st century and address such questions as whether officials can appear at meetings by remote video and whether officials’ texts during meetings are public.

He said he would convene a summit involving the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and law enforcement to discuss updates.

He also promised a legal opinion on whether Wisconsin police must redact identifying information from accident reports.

A spokesman for Schimel’s opponent, Democrat Susan Happ, says Schimel sounds like he wants to be a legislator.


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