The Wisconsin state government is considering changing the rules for public notices that could make government less transparent.
Over the next three weeks, members of the state's joint finance committee will host several public hearings throughout Wisconsin to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed budget. Among the items under consideration: language that would remove publication requirements for more than 50 types of legal notices.
These notices include meeting minutes, budget notices, financial reports, ordinances and resolutions. If approved, local municipalities would be responsible for posting notices on their own websites, but would no longer be required to publish in newspapers.
Locally, a hearing is planned for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the State Fair Park Exposition Center in West Allis.