Madison (AP) — A proposal in the state Assembly would allow judges and district attorneys to keep secret information now made public about property they own.
A committee voted on Wednesday to advance the bill to the full Assembly.
The measure would prevent the Government Accountability Board from releasing the information.
Another provision would limit online posting of client and customer information reported by public officials who own businesses.
The bill was intended to increase transparency by allowing the board to post economic interest statements filed by roughly 2,100 public officials.
State Rep. Fred Kessler, a Democrat from Milwaukee and a former judge, supports the safeguard saying judges are routinely harassed and threatened by people who appear before them.