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Walker wants open records overhaul removed from budget

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he wants a proposed overhaul of Wisconsin's open records law removed from the state budget or at least significantly changed.

The plan, which was advanced by Republican lawmakers late Thursday, has drawn a firestorm of criticism from liberals and conservatives alike.

It would shield nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Walker told reporters in Wauwatosa Saturday that he'll speak with lawmakers Monday, and he hopes the proposal is either stripped out of the budget completely or that significant changes are made.

The governor says he has a lot of concerns about the proposal. But he stopped short of saying he would veto it if lawmakers don't scale it back.

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