Walker says he'll work with Republican leaders to change proposed open records law exemptions

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MADISON, Wisconsin — A spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker says he will work with Republican leaders in both chambers to change budget provisions that would exempt nearly all government records from the state's open records law.

Spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in a statement Friday that Walker would work with leaders before the measure went to the full Legislature. She didn't immediately specify what changes would be made.

The measure was added to the state budget late Thursday in a surprise GOP motion. Advocacy groups and lawmakers in both parties blasted the measure Friday and asked that lawmakers reconsider. Sen. Robert Cowles, a Green Bay Republican, said he wouldn't support a budget that contains the provisions.

The full Legislature and Walker must sign off on the measure before it becomes law.

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