MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul is meeting with the Legislature’s finance committee behind closed doors to discuss a legal settlement for the first time under laws Republicans passed during a lame-duck session last year.

Republicans passed laws during a December lame-duck session that require Kaul, a Democrat, to get the GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee’s approval to settle lawsuits. GOP lawmakers sued Kaul earlier this month alleging he hasn’t complied with the law.

Kaul appeared before the committee Tuesday to begin discussions on an unknown case.

Committee Chairman John Nygren, a Republican, moved the meeting into closed session. Democrats complained about the move, saying the open records law only allows such a move to consult with an attorney and the committee doesn’t have one.

It was unclear when the panel would return to open session.