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Rep. Marklein wins WNA's Badger Award
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MIDDLETON - The Wisconsin Newspaper Association selected Rep. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, as one of two who received the association's Badger Award, in recognition of advocacy for openness in government and an informed citizenry.

Marklein will be honored by WNA at its annual convention Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 1, at the Madison Marriott West.

The "Badger Award" recognizes an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to protect and enhance openness in the conduct of the people's business. It is the highest honor given by the WNA to non-members.

Marklein and Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, who also was selected as a Badger Award winner, co-sponsored Wisconsin Act 228. The legislation updated the newspaper industry's public notice process by requiring that all public notices appear on

Marklein noted that the measure "enhances government's reach to today's online readers while protecting the critical third-party oversight that newspapers provide."