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Complaints Outside the Board's Jurisdiction

The Board does not have the authority to investigate or enforce other laws regarding actions of public bodies and officials.
For instance, the Board does not accept or investigate complaints involving the following:

  • Open Meetings and Public Records Laws – Contact the Wisconsin Department of Justice, 608-266-1221 or visit its website.
  • Code of Judicial Conduct – Contact the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, 608-266-7637, or visit its website.
  • Code of Ethics for Local Public Officials – Contact the district attorney in the county where the violation is alleged to have occurred.
  • Campaign Finance Violations Involving Elections for Local Office – While the Board has concurrent jurisdiction with district attorneys regarding these matters, the Board’s policy is to instruct complainants to file such complaints with the district attorney in the county where the violation is alleged to have occurred.  The Board may choose to investigate a complaint if it appears likely that there is a clear violation, the violation is more than technical, there is reason to suspect that the violation is occurring or may occur in other localities, and the violation may have statewide significance.