Archive for May, 2013

New Public Records Exception for Utility Customers?

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The Wisconsin Senate recently passed 2013 AB 106, which prohibits a municipal utility from releasing “customer information” except in certain limited circumstances (such as to the  Public Service Commission or utility workers and their contractors under some circumstances).  The bill defines “customer information” as “any information received from customers which serves to identify customers individually by usage or account status.”

The bill has been sent to the Governor for signature.

Act 10 Update

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals which was reviewing the case of Madison Teachers Inc. v. Scott Walker,  2012AP2067 (April 25, 2013) has certified the case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court “because of its sweeping statewide impact and the pressing need for a final resolution.”  Given the controversial nature of the case, and the statewide, if not national, importance of the outcome, I would speculate that the Supreme Court will take up the case.   You can read the Court of Appeals reasoning here.