Officials with the Ethics Commission and Public Records Board say there is no requirement to destroy public records.
The Department of Corrections on Friday notified state public records officials that the agency will destroy certain training records the day …
The Department of Corrections has withdrawn its proposal to destroy recordings of staff training after just one day of their creation.
The board reverted definition after coming under fire for allowing certain records to be immediately destroyed.
Members of the Public Records Board records management committee said the proposed retention rule of one day should be rewritten to include a narrower scope or be split into two separate proposals.
The Department of Corrections wants to keep employee training recordings as public records, but also is seeking the ability to destroy them after a day.
The previous explanation that the records were "transitory" has come into question after a state board reversed itself.
Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday indicated a decision by his administration not to release an employee's text messages related to a questionable WEDC loan goes against his open records policy.
The board changed the definition in August and it was immediately used to justify public records not being available.
The move follows a public backlash and formal complaint after the Wisconsin State Journal reported on the vote.
The complaint says the group violated the open meetings law in changing the definition of "transitory" records in August.
Gov. Scott Walker on Monday refuted reports that his administration is doing anything questionable when it comes to Wisconsin's open records law. But those reports brought to light a policy change made this summer by the state's public records board.
The statement came after a State Journal report found certain text messages were deemed 'transitory' and not retained.
Gov. Scott Walker's administration has found another novel method to deny the public access to government records.