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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wisconsin Supreme Court Considers Deliberative Process Privilege for Governor

The Wyoming Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case to decide whether the governor enjoys a "deliberative process privilege," which he could use to shield documents from public view.

The case stems from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle's request to see recommended budget cuts from two state agencies and the governor last spring.

Attorney General Bruce Salzburg argued that the privilege fosters frank discussions between agency employees and executives, which might be stifled if the public had access to them.

Open records law advocates disagree, saying if there is to be a deliberative process privilege, it should be the legislative branch that decides, not the judicial branch, and that the public has a right to know the deliberative process of its representatives.

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