Dane County Court Ruling on Open Meeting Law

In a suit against the State of Wisconsin Joint Committee on Legislative Organization and its individual members, a Dane County Circuit Court ruled on a motion for summary judgment that the legislature and its committees are subject to open meeting laws.  However the legislature and its committees cannot be subject to a suit for violations of the open meeting laws due to sovereign immunity. 

It also held that individual members of the legislature and its committees may be sued for violating the open meetings law.  Further court action will follow regarding the actions of the individual members of the committee.

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A Legislative Action Guide to the Wisconsin State Legislature

Becoming Influential in the State Legislative Process

By James B. Gehrke, JD
First Edition
Copyright 2005

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The American system of government functions primarily as a result the demands placed on it by its citizens.  Whether you are acting as a concerned citizen or on behalf of a group of people with a common goal, this guide will equip you with insights and perspectives that you can use to be more effective. This guide is intended to prepare you for the task of influencing the legislative process.