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Wisconsin freedom of information advocates seek shorter wait

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Freedom of information advocates in Wisconsin say the state's law leaves too much room for lagging response times for those filling requests.

Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says some requesters wait months for documents. The statute says those receiving requests should fill them as soon as practicable, but Lueders says leaves room for interpretation.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel in his campaign said he would work to protect freedom of information. A spokeswoman said Schimel plans to host a summit to discuss holes in the law, but didn't have other details about the event.

Lueders says unless Schimel provides guidance about the maximum wait time permissible or a court rules in favor of someone seeking documents, a more definite standard is unlikely.

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