New guide part of an ongoing effort provided to help citizens better understand and interact with government officials and hold them accountable
The News: The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL)’s Preserving Democracy Project has put forward a new report, The Citizens Guide To Open Government. It lays out the law that governs open records and open meetings while also providing best practices for holding government accountable.
The Quotes: Lucas Vebber, WILL Deputy Counsel, stated, “Wisconsin has a long history of open and transparent government. A transparent government is one accountable to its citizens. By utilizing the information contained in this guide, we hope to assist the public to ensure that accountability.”
Katherine Spitz, WILL Associate Counsel, added, “WILL has been leading the charge to protect the people’s right to information from their government. Putting forward this guide is the natural next step in supporting an informed, active, engaged citizenry who can hold their government accountable when necessary.”
Additional background: The Citizen’s Guide series from WILL aims to spur civic engagement and involvement in the processes of government. Like the Citizen’s Guide to the Administrative State, this guide has two aims. The first is to educate citizens on the public records and open meetings laws at a general level. The second is to provide citizens with practical tips they can use to ensure that those laws are followed.
The Citizens Guide To Open Government
August 16, 2023
The Citizens Guide To Open Government, by WILL Deputy Counsel, Lucas Vebber, and Associate Counsel, Katherine Spitz, has two aims. The first is to educate citizens on the public records and open meetings laws at a general level. The second is to provide citizens with practical tips they can use to ensure that those laws are followed.