Posted Monday, March 17, 2014 --- 9:50 a.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The power to enforce the state's open-government laws rests with the state attorney general and local district attorneys, but a review shows that Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has never pursued such a case in his seven years in office.
A Press-Gazette Media report says he and his staffers defer legal action to local prosecutors. However, those local offices tend to be understaffed and less experienced with open-records laws.
That means there's little action on the hundreds of complaints from residents alleging violations of open meetings and public-record requests.
Van Hollen's office says it might choose to prosecute cases that are of statewide interest. Otherwise it lets county prosecutors handle the cases.
But district attorneys generally place a lower priority on such cases because they're not criminal matters.
Copyright 2014: Associated Press
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.