Friday, December 18, 2015

The words 'text', 'message', and 'transitory' do not appear in the August 28 minutes of the Wisconsin Public Records Board

State board to revisit policy that allowed text messages to be treated as 'transitory'.  (, 12/17/2015)
It started when the State Journal made a records request for text messages from Walker administration officials related to a failed $500,000 loan by the state’s jobs agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., to a struggling Milwaukee construction company owned by a top Walker donor.  

In August, the Public Records Board voted to change the state’s definition of transitory records. A day after that vote, Walker’s Department of Administration cited the revised policy in saying it had no records “responsive” to the request. It noted that texts are transitory records and thus aren’t retained. [emphases added]

8/25/2015 agenda (with 2 action items highlighted)

Wherein the following words do not appear.

And the word 'definition' appears in a summary of a different discussion.

There is no other choice but to revisit the issue.

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Related posts:
A look at the recent agendas and minutes of the Wisconsin Public Records Board.  (12/15/2015)
Meet the members of the Wisconsin Public Records Board.  (12/11/2015)
Dear Beth, Journalists have a sacred oath to respond to this betrayal of the public trust by Scott Walker.  (12/11/2015)
Danger, Will Robinson! Scott Walker talks about openness, access, and transparency.  (12/8/2015)
Open records and Scott Walker's concerns with constituents' privacy.  (7/5/2015)
Scott Walker does David Bowie.  (7/4/2015)
Open records and Scott Walker's irresolute response.  (7/4/2015) 
When it comes to transparency, ALEC wants to have it both ways.  (7/4/2015)
You have to wonder what dictionary Joint Finance co-chair John Nygren is working from.  (7/3/2015) 
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos's definition of transparency: All the self-serving Republican news releases I see fit to print
Good question, Albert Darling. So why the lack of transparency in Wisconsin? (7/3/2015)

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