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DNR board meets in unnoticed closed session

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Open government advocates are questioning whether a Department of Natural Resources board violated the open meetings law by going into a closed-door, unnoticed meeting.

The board was scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. That meeting's agenda was publicly noticed. Before the meeting began, all the board members entered a room adjoining the board room and closed the door. They remained behind the door for several minutes. The meeting was not noticed. DNR spokesman George Althoff said the board was discussing security issues.

Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says the meeting likely violated the open meetings law. He notes the Department of

Justice has said subject matter of closed meetings must be noticed and the government entity must cite the exemption that allows the session.

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