Wisconsin Public Records Law Supports State’s Release of Business Names
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce v. Evers. This case concerns the Wisconsin Department of Public Health’s plan to release the names of businesses employing at least 25 people where at least two employees tested positive for COVID-19. The plaintiffs are a chamber of commerce and other business groups seeking to block disclosure of the records. The Intervenor-Appellant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, intervened to argue in favor of release of the records. Following several procedural actions, the case moved to the appellate level. The amicus brief supports the Intervenor-Appellant’s position that the records should be released because of unequivocal language in the Wisconsin Public Records Law.