WI Sup Ct: Government can’t charge for redactions

Citizens shouldn’t pay for what government wants to hide.

Government entities can’t charge the public for time spent deleting confidential information from records, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a major victory for open government advocates.

The decision settles a dispute between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper and the Milwaukee Police Department. The newspaper sued the department after the agency charged it thousands of dollars to cover staff time spent redacting information from hundreds of reports the newspaper had requested.

Via Wisconsin Law Journal.