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Court dismisses case over Wis. lawmakers' secrecy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit that seeks to bring more transparency to the process Wisconsin lawmakers use to write bills. 

Then-Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager filed suit in 2005 seeking to end a practice in which lawmakers share drafts of bills with certain lobbyists and experts while withholding them from the public. 

She and other watchdogs claim the practice is a violation of the open records law. 

But a judge last year upheld the practice, saying the drafts of public documents are not public records. 

Lautenschlager appealed that decision but the appeals court says she has no standing to continue the case since she left office after losing re-election in 2006.

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