Legislative task force in Conn. adopts look, listen but do not copy (without a trip to the commission) rule
Expert Testimony for the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public’s Right to Know
Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information announces open government award recipients
The FOI Loophole: Third-Party Contracts

Don’t Let Police Decide What Public Should Know – Hartford Courant Editorial

The cause of open government in Connecticut has taken extraordinarily hard knocks of late, undermining this state’s once-sterling reputation nationally for valuing openness and promoting the free flow of information. One of the hardest was a disappointing state Supreme Court Continue reading

Ex-Official Who Quit Housing Agency Job Under Pressure Appointed To Its Governing Board – Hartford Courant

Kenneth Hagenow was facing potential disciplinary proceedings in his job as a Manchester Housing Authority administrator in May of 2011 when he and authority officials signed a legal “settlement agreement” — under which he retired and they resolved their differences Continue reading

Local legislators mixed on FOI Commission pledge – New Britain Herald

By Robert Storace  NEW BRITAIN — Members of the city’s five-person legislative delegation is mixed on whether or not to sign a pledge to protect the independence of the Freedom of Information Commission and oppose weakening it, but all agreed Continue reading

Legislators Urged To Undo Court Ruling That Lets Police Suppress Arrest Details – Hartford Courant

Police departments in Connecticut don’t have to release much information about arrests that they make — not in a timely manner, anyway — and open-government advocates are now saying that legislators need to pass a bill to increase disclosure requirements. Continue reading

Lawsuit seeks records of military academies’ admissions – ctpost.com

Claiming the shortage of women in military academies puts female students at greater risk of sexual assaults and harassment, several groups sued the U.S. Department of Defense last week seeking access to the schools’ admission policies and enrollment numbers. The Service Women‘s Action Network,American Continue reading

Hartford Won’t Release Signed Stadium Documents Until Negotiations Are Complete – WNPR

By Jeff Cohen In a “preliminary official statement,” the city said it has already entered into at least two agreements.   The city of Hartford has executed agreements with the developer of a baseball stadium and the owner of the Continue reading

Op-Ed: Too few CT lawmakers have signed FOI pledge – The CT Mirror

By: James H. Smith | February 5, 2015  Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, Lt Gov. Nancy Wyman and state Comptroller Kevin Lembo – a card carrying FOI advocate – have signed the Freedom of Information Pledge proffered by the non-profit advocacy Continue reading

Stamford considers virtual attendance at meetings – Stamford Advocate

Mayor asks reps to consider e-attendance STAMFORD — The Board of Representatives wants to know if they can phone it in – literally. At Mayor David Martin‘s prodding, a board committee began research in December on electronic attendance at meetings of the city’s legislative Continue reading

Old lace and a new case – Meriden Record-Journal

Published: January 25, 2015 | Last Modified: January 25, 2015 01:01AM Is a person who was convicted of poisoning two people in the 1920s — who then spent the rest of her life in a state-run psychiatric hospital and has Continue reading