2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
March 18, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Albers, Krawczyk, Bies, Friske,
Grothman, Gunderson, Hahn, Hines, Jeskewitz, Ladwig, M. Lehman, Nass,
Ott, Owens, Petrowski, Seratti, Stone, Townsend and Van Roy, cosponsored
by Senators Leibham, Cowles, Lazich and
Roessler. Referred to Committee
on Children and Families.
1An Act to amend
43.30 (1); and to create
43.30 (4) of the statutes; relating to:
2the disclosure of public library records.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, with certain exceptions, a library that is supported by public
funds is prohibited from disclosing library records that indicate the identity of any
individual who borrows or uses the library's documents or other materials, resources,
This bill requires a library that is supported by public funds, upon the request
of a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16, to disclose to the parent or
guardian all library records relating to the use of the library's documents or other
materials, resources, or services by the child.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB169, s. 1
43.30 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
Records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public 5
funds, including the records of a public library system, indicating the identity of any
individual who borrows or uses the library's documents or other materials, resources, 2
or services may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the 3
scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system, to persons 4
authorized by the individual to inspect such records, to parents or guardians of
5children under the age of 16 as required under sub. (4),
or to libraries as authorized 6
under subs. (2) and (3).
AB169, s. 2
43.30 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
Upon the request of a parent or guardian of a child who is under the 9
age of 16, a library supported in whole or part by public funds shall disclose to the 10
parent or guardian all library records relating to the use of the library's documents 11
or other materials, resources, or services by that child.
(1) This act first applies to requests for disclosure that are received by a library 14
on the effective date of this subsection.