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Common Definition Themes
These 5 characteristics tend to recur in most state definitions for private agencies which are subject to FOIA laws.
1.) Receive or dispense public funds: And.pngx
1, 4[1], 


2.) Created by a public agency: Suggest.pngw


3.) Present themselves as a public entity: Suggest.pngw


4.) Perform a public function: And.pngx
1, 4[3]


5.) Controlled or managed by a public entity: Suggest.pngw



=The legal history does not mention this characteristic or it has rejected this characteristic as a potential defining aspect.


=This characteristic alone is sufficient to bring an organization under the FOIA.


=This is a part of a compound definition requiring multiple characteristics. The numbers after the symbol indicate the additional requirements.


=This is a characteristic that has been mentioned within the legal history and may aid in deciding whether or not the FOIA law applies to an organization but is not a part of a specific definition.

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The Wisconsin Open Records Law includes in its definition of public body any "governmental or quasi-governmental corporation" and "a nonprofit corporation which receives more than 50% of its funds from a county or a municipality, as defined in s. 59.001 (3), and which provides services related to public health or safety to the county or municipality."[4]

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  1. When performing a function for health and public safety. Wisconsin Statute 19.32
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 State of Wisconsin v. Beaver Dam Area Development Corporation
  3. When performing a function for health and public safety. Wisconsin Statute 19.32
  4. Wisconsin Statute 19.32