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Walker blames GOP lawmakers for abortive open records plan

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has blamed Republican lawmakers for an abortive proposal to roll back Wisconsin's open records law.

In a radio interview Friday, the Republican governor said the idea was a "huge mistake" that didn't come from him.

He told conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes on WTMJ-AM that the plan should not have been inserted into the budget.

The changes would have shielded nearly everything government officials create from the open records law.  GOP lawmakers slipped the plan into the budget unannounced in a late-night session heading into the Independence Day holiday weekend. They were stripped from the budget this week after a fierce backlash from conservatives and liberals alike.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says Walker's office collaborated with Senate and Assembly leaders to draft the changes.

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