By Tim Kowols
Governmental bodies could stand to save thousands of dollars if a bipartisan proposal to eliminate the requirement that meeting minutes be published in local newspapers is passed in the Wisconsin Legislature. According to the Associated Press, the bill would allow school districts, municipalities, counties, and technical colleges to simply post their meeting summaries on their respective Web sites. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says the bill is good news for municipalities that already post their minutes online.
The proposal, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jason Fields and Sen. Lena Taylor and Republican Rep. Jeremy Theisfeldt and Sen. Duey Stroebel, would still require meeting agendas and other legal notices to be printed in the newspaper. Kewaunee County spent $7,729.12 in 2015 and $5,330.18 between January and November of 2016 on publishing legal notices.