Editorial: Legislative session a mixed bag for freedom of information – Norwich Bulletin

Freedom of information has always been a fluid proposition, its execution shifting with court decisions, new laws and changing conditions and technology. After the General Assembly’s sessions this year, we perceive in the evolution of open information a big victory, Continue reading Editorial: Legislative session a mixed bag for freedom of information – Norwich Bulletin

Former Stonington first selectman used town-issued phone to text sexually explicit material – The Day, New London

By Joe Wojtas STONINGTON — During a four-month period at the end of 2012, then-First Selectman Ed Haberek used his town-issued Blackberry phone to send and receive hundreds of sexually explicit text messages and photos with numerous women. Town policy Continue reading Former Stonington first selectman used town-issued phone to text sexually explicit material – The Day, New London

Editorial: Strengthen Public Information by Mandating Training – Norwich Bulletin

As one of a select few states with a public board dedicated to adjudicating freedom of information disputes, Connecticut is uniquely equipped to uphold public access to government meetings and documents. But there is always room for improvement. An Eastern Continue reading Editorial: Strengthen Public Information by Mandating Training – Norwich Bulletin

OP-ED: Charter Group Applauds Accountability in Updated Charter Law – CTNewsJunkie.com

By Jeremiah Grace Connecticut taxpayers invest in a number of public services that make our lives better — police and fire departments for our communities, public parks, roads, and mass transit, and the single most important investment: public education. Charter Continue reading OP-ED: Charter Group Applauds Accountability in Updated Charter Law – CTNewsJunkie.com

Editorial: UConn budget should not be crafted behind closed doors – Meridian Record Journal

When the late Gov. Ella T. Grasso signed Connecticut’s landmark Freedom of Information Act into law in 1975, the letter — and the spirit — of that piece of legislation were very clear: We would have open government in this Continue reading Editorial: UConn budget should not be crafted behind closed doors – Meridian Record Journal

Unnoticed Legislation Converted 32 Merit-System Employees Into Political Appointees – Hartford Courant

By Jon Lender Tucked quietly into the massive state budget-implementation bill approved in a June 29 special legislative was an intriguing provision that removed 32 highly paid jobs at state executive-branch agencies – including communications directors and legislative liaisons – Continue reading Unnoticed Legislation Converted 32 Merit-System Employees Into Political Appointees – Hartford Courant

Malloy’s budget office, legislators backed FOI reduction – Journal Inquirer

By Mike Savino Legislation protecting communications among members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority from public disclosure when they occur outside scheduled meetings appears to have the blessing of both lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration. Malloy’s budget office, Continue reading Malloy’s budget office, legislators backed FOI reduction – Journal Inquirer

Opinion: Who let the ‘rats’ in? – Journal Inquirer

By Chris Powell While freedom of information prevailed with some big stuff during this year’s sessions of the General Assembly, legislators still snuck secrecy into bills here and there, and of course did it secretly as well. At least two Continue reading Opinion: Who let the ‘rats’ in? – Journal Inquirer

Photographer had right to shoot accident scene, East Hartford police acknowledge – Journal Inquirer

By Kathleen G. McWilliams EAST HARTFORD — The East Hartford Police Department has acknowledged that a Journal Inquirer photographer was within his rights to take photos at the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident in April. On April 16, photographer Continue reading Photographer had right to shoot accident scene, East Hartford police acknowledge – Journal Inquirer

Opinion: Apply FOI law to UConn Foundation – Republican-American

Last January, University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst announced plans to end the university’s relationship with the UConn Alumni Association. Ms. Herbst has claimed this model of alumni engagement didn’t work. UConn had provided the Alumni Association with staff and Continue reading Opinion: Apply FOI law to UConn Foundation – Republican-American