Wisconsin freedom of information advocates blast proposal

MADISON -- Wisconsin's freedom of information advocates are blasting a surprise GOP motion that would limit access to public records.

The provisions passed by the state's budget committee Thursday night would exempt nearly all records created by state and local government officials from the state's open records law. The measure passed on a 12-4 vote with all 12 Republicans voting for it. The full Legislature, and Gov. Scott Walker, still must sign off before they become law.

Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy says the measure was likely drafted to help legislators avoid embarrassment.

Wisconsin Attorney General and Republican Brad Schimel says the provisions move the state in the wrong direction.

Walker's spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email Friday asking if Walker was involved in drafting the measure.