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Attorney general offers guidance on e-mails


MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says a recent Supreme Court ruling that says personal e-mails of public employees are not public records should be narrowly applied.

The Republican attorney general issued a memo on Wednesday to address the practical effects of the high court's ruling two weeks ago.

Van Hollen says if there is any aspect of an e-mail that sheds light on governmental functions or responsibilities, it must be released. He also says anyone concerned about misuse of public resources should not be deterred from making public records requests.

The court ruled in a case involving a citizen who sought e-mails of teachers in the Wisconsin Rapids district. The court ruled 5-2 that the e-mails were personal and therefore didn't have to be released.

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