Lists maintained by public agencies are public information. You have a right to access and use these contact lists.
If you request paper records and a government custodian tries to charge you 25 cents per page, push back.
In July, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared that public records plaintiffs “prevail” only if a judge orders the records to be released. In cases where the public official gets sued and has a change of heart, as often happens, there is no longer a clear path to fee recovery.
Wisconsin’s tradition of government transparency rests on the state’s open records and open meetings laws. Unfortunately, those laws are woefully underenforced.