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Van Hollen Press Release on CMD vs Vukmir 091713

Van Hollen Press Release on CMD vs Vukmir 091713

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A press released issued by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on his office's position in the lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy against Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) over an open records request regarding her involvement in the American Legislative Exchange Council, dated September 17, 2013.
A press released issued by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on his office's position in the lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy against Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) over an open records request regarding her involvement in the American Legislative Exchange Council, dated September 17, 2013.

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P.O. Box 7857Madison, WI 53707-7857
www.doj.state.wi.us
J.B. VAN HOLLENATTORNEY GENERAL
NEWS RELEASE
 Statement from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in the Matter of Center for Media and  Democracy vs. Leah Vukmir 
 
For Immediate ReleaseFor More Information Contact:September 17, 2013Dana Brueck608/266-1221The Journal-Sentinel's editorial, "Legislators Are Not Above The Open Records Law,"accuses me of "turning my back" on my commitment to open government because of a position the Department of Justice has taken in court to defend a legislator against a lawsuit brought under the public records law.Open government is an essential tool to citizen-informed democracy, and I remain committedto using my position as Attorney General to facilitate full compliance with the law. But I alsotook an oath to uphold the state Constitution. Article IV, Section 15 of Wisconsin'sConstitution provides that members of the legislature "shall not be subject to any civil process,during the session of the Legislature...." The framers of the Constitution inserted this provision -- common among state constitutions -- to give temporary protection to lawmakersfrom civil suits while they are doing the people's work. Whether the framers' decision to provide this unique protection to legislators was a proper balancing of interests is a debatablequestion. What is not debatable is my responsibility to defend its application when it isinvoked. An attorney general simply cannot pick and choose parts of the Constitution todisregard because they may act to frustrate a different policy goal. If I had, the Journal-Sentinel would be right to publish an article entitled "Attorney General Turns His Back OnThe Constitution."In the case that inspired the Journal-Sentinel's editorial, Senator Vukmir chose to invoke her  privilege from civil process -- as she is constitutionally entitled to do. Some legislators makethat choice, some do not. But neither Senator Vukmir nor I believe legislators are above the public records law. In fact, in this case, Senator Vukmir's position is that she has fullycomplied with the public records law by producing all records subject to the request. This isFollow the Wisconsin Department of Justice on Twitter @WisDOJ

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