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Behind the Headlines: Keeping Public Records Public

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11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lake Express High-Speed Ferry Terminal
2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr. Milwaukee WI, 53207

Across the country this week, communities are celebrating Sunshine week—a time when we recognize the power of public records and the impact they have on individual lives.

Over the past year in Wisconsin, there have been several proposals in Madison to limit citizen access to public records. Who is behind them, what role did he or she play in proposing limits to public access and why? The Milwaukee Press Club looks in depth at this topic at its next Behind the Headlines event.

Our government is founded upon principles of open and transparent government. Join us, as journalists dig into this issue. Learn more about the current state of access to government meetings, files and records and proposed changes to open records laws in Wisconsin.

What: Three different representatives of this debate will face a panel of journalists to talk about current laws governing open records and proposed changes to these laws.

When: Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, lunch included (details below).

Where: The Lake Express High-Speed Ferry Terminal, 2330 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee. Free parking is available at the terminal.

The event is open to the public.

The perspectives on the topic panel will be represented by (listed alphabetically):

Matt Rothschild, Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Attorney General Brad Schimel, State of Wisconsin
Orville Seymer, Field Operations Director, Citizens for Responsible Government
Robert J. Dreps, Media Attorney & Member of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council

The speakers will answer questions from the media panel.  Audience questions will follow.

Presenting Sponsor:
Brico Fund

Supporting Sponsor:
Foley & Lardner LLP

Hosted by:
Lake Express has generously donated space for this event.

Cost and Registration:

The cost to attend is $20 for MPC members, $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. Seating will be limited.  Advanced registration and payment are required and may be done by booking below.  Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI  53153-0176.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club with any questions at or call 262-894-2224.

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

  • Brico Fund

Supporting Sponsor:

  • Foley & Lardner

Hosted by:

  • Lake Express Ferry Terminal


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