Evers to comply with Republican lawmaker’s records request

March 18, 2020 GMT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers will comply with an open records request from a top Republican lawmaker who filed a lawsuit to force the release of material related to farmer mental health programs, court documents show.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that lawyers with the state attorney general’s office, who represent Evers, filed a motion last week asking a Dane County circuit court judge to put the lawsuit on hold because Evers has agreed to comply.

Republican Rep. John Nygren sued Evers in November after the governor denied a request Nygren made in August for records related to a farmer mental health program run by the state agriculture department. Nygren is co-chair of the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee.

Nygren said he needed the information to help the budget committee decide whether to release $100,000 in annual spending placed in the budget to address farmer mental health assistance.

He sought the same information from the agriculture department, which complied with the request.

Evers’ office will give attorneys for Nygren an estimated schedule for producing the documents, the governor’s attorneys said. Attorneys for Nygren told the court on Monday that they did not oppose putting the case on hold.