- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The chairman of the state Public Records Board says members won’t reconsider changes to its policy on how long government agencies must retain their records for several years.

Chairman Matthew Blessing tells the Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/2axGNmr ) that the board’s next comprehensive review of policies won’t happen until 2020. Blessing says that until then, other pressing matters will take priority over a review of how long agencies must keep the so-called “transitory” records.

About a year ago, the board quietly changed the definition of “transitory” correspondence and gave public officials leeway to immediately destroy certain records that they were previously required to keep.

The revised definition was rescinded earlier this year following public criticism.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj

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