What publication requirement, if any, is there under the open meetings law for governmental body meeting notices?
None. The Wisconsin open meetings law
itself does not require any newspaper publication. However, it does
provide that open meetings notices must be given to news media that have
filed a request to receive notices, and to the official newspaper, or
if there is none, to a news medium likely to give notice in the area.
Wis. Stat. sec. 19.84(1)(b); 66 OAG 230 (1977). It is up to the
newspaper or the other news media to decide whether to publish or
broadcast the notice.
Also, it should be noted that the open
meetings law requires public notice of meetings to be given “as required
by any other statutes.” Wis. Stat. sec. 19.84(1)(a). These other
statutes may require newspaper publication.