UPDATE: Governor OKs classified UW research

UPDATED Wednesday, April 16, 2014 --- 1:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that will allow University of Wisconsin institutions to perform classified national security research.

Current UW System and UW-Madison policies bar researchers from performing work on campus that can't be published, prohibiting them from doing classified government projects on campus.

The bill Walker signed Wednesday allows such work on campus as long as students' educational needs are protected and the institutions make an annual report to the Legislature's budget committee on how many classified contracts were considered.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 7:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- University of Wisconsin institutions could conduct classified national security research under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

Current UW System and UW-Madison policies bar researchers from performing research on campus that can't be published, prohibiting them from doing classified government work on campus.

The bill passed Tuesday would allow such work on campus as long as students' educational needs are protected and the institutions make an annual report to the Legislature's budget committee on how many classified contracts were considered.

The Assembly approved the bill in February. The Senate passed it on a voice vote Tuesday, sending the measure to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 11:10 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would allow University of Wisconsin institutions to conduct classified national security research.

Current UW System and UW-Madison policies bar researchers from performing research on campus that can't be published, prohibiting them from doing classified government work on campus.

The bill would allow such work ion campus as long as students' educational needs are protected and the institutions make an annual report to the Legislature's budget committee on how many classified contracts were considered.

The Assembly approved the bill in February. The Senate is scheduled to take it up Tuesday, the last day of the two-year legislative session.

Senate approval would send the bill on to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 7:11 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that would allow University of Wisconsin institutions to perform classified national security research.

Currently UW System and UW-Madison policies prohibit researchers from undertaking work on campus that can't be published, preventing them from engaging in classified government work on campus.

The bill would allow such work on campus if students' educational needs are protected and the institutions make an annual report to the Legislature's budget committee on how many classified contracts were considered.

The Assembly approved the bill on a voice vote Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.

The measure initially would have exempted all UW research materials from the state's open records law. The bill's author, Republican Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, dropped that language after open government advocates cried foul.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 20, 2014 --- 10:01 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to take up a bill that allow University of Wisconsin institutions to perform classified national security research.

Currently UW System and UW-Madison policies prohibit researchers from undertaking work on campus that can't be published, preventing them from engaging in classified government work on campus.

The bill would allow such work on campus as long as students' educational needs are protected and the institutions make an annual report to the Legislature's budget committee on how many classified contracts were considered.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Thursday.

The measure initially included language that would have exempted all UW research materials from the state's open records law. The bill's author, Republican Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, dropped the provisions after open government advocates cried foul.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, February 10, 2014 --- 1:03 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The head of the state Assembly's colleges committee says he won't allow a vote on a bill that creates sweeping open record exemptions for University of Wisconsin System research.

Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, a New Berlin Republican, has introduced a bill that would allow UW institutions to conduct secret classified government research. The bill also exempts all materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state's open records law.

The Assembly colleges committee plans to hold a hearing on the bill Monday. But the committee's chairman, Rep. Steve Nass, a Whitewater Republican, has refused to call a vote on the bill as long as the broad exemptions remain in the language.

An aide in Kuglitsch's state Capitol office said he wasn't immediately available to comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 --- 10:03 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison wants an exemption from the state's open-records law that would allow it to keep research information private until it's published or patented.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says the university is circulating a two-page document among Republican lawmakers suggesting language for a standalone bill.

The university says its proposal was prompted by a change in federal patent law. Patents are now awarded on a first-to-file basis, meaning a rival could use the open-records law to gain early access to UW-Madison research and then try to file a patent first.

But the proposal doesn't sit well with Bill Lueders, who runs the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. He says current law already allows UW to deny requests if it can cite a legitimate reason.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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