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Scott Walker And Wisconsin GOP Abandon Plan To Gut Open Records Law

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The changes would have affected the types of documents tracking a bill's legislative history that have been particularly useful for journalists and activists in the state. Conservatives and liberals alike decried the move as an effort to make Wisconsin less transparent and more vulnerable to corruption.

State Republicans have refused to disclose who inserted the language into the budget legislation, which was approved late Thursday evening. Before dropping the provisions entirely, the governor's office said Friday it was considering changes to the proposals concerning public records law, but would not comment as to whether Walker was involved in the proposals in the first place.

The controversy comes just days before Walker is expected to announce his candidacy for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.