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WI Public Records Board to vote on whether text messages should be considered "transitory"

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An obscure state board will take public comment and possibly vote Monday afternoon to rescind its previous decision that text messages sent by public officials are transitory in nature, and therefore do not have to be archived for public records purposes.

The Public Records Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Room 150A of the Risser Justice Center.

Members of the public sent in nearly 1,900 written comments on the matter last week. Those who attend the meeting and wish to speak will be given one minute each to comment.

The issue became public on Aug. 25, after the Walker administration denied the Wisconsin State Journal’s request for text messages from a Department of Administration employee. Emails showed that employee had sent text messages regarding a $500,000 WEDC loan that was handed out amid pressure from top Walker officials. BCI, the company that received that loan, reportedly submitted fraudulent information to qualify for it.

The denial came one day after the Public Records Board agreed to change the state’s definition of “transitory correspondence" to include text messages.


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