|Submitted||July 31, 2018|
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Dear Representative Jessie Rodriguez,
Pursuant to the Wisconsin Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
All electronic communication between you and your staff and representatives of We Energies, WEC Energy Group, Wisconsin Utilities Association, Madison Gas & Electric, WPPI Energy. The search for records should include emails along with attachments (both sent and received). The domains for the entities are "we-energies.com"; "wecenergygroup.com"; "wisconsinutilities.com"; "mge.com"; "wppienergy.org". The timeframe of this search is limited to December 1, 2017, through the processing date of the request.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not. However, I am requesting a fee waiver. The organization I work for, the Energy and Policy Institute, is a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of public record requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website to inform journalists publishing articles. Also, I have accounts with news outlets including Huffington Post and Republic Report. Past publications on these outlets as proof are available here (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/matt-kasper) and (https://www.republicreport.org/author/matthew/).
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.
Energy and Policy Institute
PO BOX 577764. Chicago, IL 60657
This email confirms receipt of your public records request on August 1, 2018. You have requested "All electronic communication between you and your staff and representatives of We Energies, WEC Energy Group, Wisconsin Utilities Association, Madison Gas & Electric, WPPI Energy. The search for records should include emails along with attachments (both sent and received). The domains for the entities are "we-energies.com"; wecenergygroup.com"; "wisconsinutilities.com"; "mge.com"; "wppienergy.org"."
You state in your request that "The timeframe of this search is limited to December 1, 2017, through the processing date of the request." Continuing requests are not contemplated by the public records law. "The right of access applies only to records that exist at the time the request is made, and the law contemplates custodial decisions being made with respect to a specific request at the time the request is made." 73 Op. Att'y Gen. 37, 44 (1984). Therefore, we interpret the scope of your request to be narrowed to end no later than the time the request was made on August 1, 2018.
Your request is being processed pursuant to the procedures of the Wisconsin State Assembly and a response will be prepared "as soon as practicable" in accordance with Wis. Stat. § 19.35(4).
If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact my office.
The documents that match your request are available for review through the office of the Assembly Chief Clerk located at 17 W Main St #401, Madison, WI 53703. The Chief Clerk's office will notify you when the documents are available for review.
This open records request is complete.
Energy and Policy Institute
P.O. Box 577764
Chicago, IL 6-657
Open records requests are processed through the Assembly Chief Clerk's office for billing purposes only. You submitted an open records request to Representative Rodriguez. In this instance, the records are being provided in electronic format and, thus, any location or reproduction costs have been waived. Accordingly, all records that are responsive to your request are attached to this email.
Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk
17 West Main Street, Suite 401
Madison, Wisconsin 53703