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Wisconsin FOIC aims to educate public on open records

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The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council made a stop in La Crosse today, as part of its three day, eight city tour around the state.

At each stop, the group is offering free informational sessions open to the public about the transparency of government.

Participants in the Open Government Traveling Show include members of Wisconsin FOIC, the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Maciver Institute for Public Policy and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Nearly 50 people attended the La Crosse session, where they learned how to file a proper open records request and were educated on the importance of holding the government accountable.

"We're trying to make sure everyone remains diligent when it comes to records because it's a cornerstone of our democracy to be able to know why our government is taking the actions it takes," Mark Pitsch, president of the Madison chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, said.

The session comes in the wake Governor Walker's executive order issued on Friday to expedite the process of open records requests.

Pitsch said the executive order is encouraging and a step in the right direction.

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