HB 6750 derailed

At the behest of Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane, the General Assembly Judiciary Committee has significantly watered down Freedom of Information legislation designed to re-open police investigatory files of arrests. The Government Administration and Elections Committee had adopted a bill Continue reading HB 6750 derailed

Bring Sunshine Back to Connecticut Law Enforcement – New England First Amendment Coalition

By James H. Smith The sun isn’t shining brightly on law enforcement action in Connecticut. The sun did shine one day last month on the State Legislature with testimony on a bill that would open up criminal investigations more to Continue reading Bring Sunshine Back to Connecticut Law Enforcement – New England First Amendment Coalition

Let the sun shine: Pass Raised Bill 6750 – The Lakeville Journal

By Dan Klau The Connecticut General Assembly held a public hearing last week on Raised Bill 6750, An Act Expanding The Requirement For Disclosure Of Arrest Records During A Pending Prosecution Under The Freedom Of Information Act. The bill seeks to Continue reading Let the sun shine: Pass Raised Bill 6750 – The Lakeville Journal

To know, or not to know? – The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Every recent legislative session in Connecticut has brought another challenge to open information that is both meaningful and dangerous for those who care about governmental accountability. This time, one of those is the need to reverse the state Supreme Court Continue reading To know, or not to know? – The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Too Few Sign FOI Pledge – CTpost.com Editorial

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 group Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information. It took Continue reading Too Few Sign FOI Pledge – CTpost.com Editorial

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

Our View: Government accountability starts with openness – The Bulletin

Posted Nov. 24, 2014 @ 2:01 am Prior to the election, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information asked candidates running for state office to sign a pledge in support of open government. With little fanfare, and waiting to after Continue reading Our View: Government accountability starts with openness – The Bulletin

Malloy Signs FOI Pledge

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Serving Connecticut for 60 years FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE jhsmithy@comcast.net, 203-915-9428 Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, waiting until after his re-election, has signed the FOI Pledge for open government. He follows State Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Continue reading Malloy Signs FOI Pledge

OP-ED | Put The Screws To Politicians Who Don’t Care About FOI – CT News Junkie

By Terry Cowgill Aside from the fact that the state woke up and decided not to put in the governor’s mansion an erratic financier who wouldn’t tell us what he’d do if elected, voters who rose Wednesday morning had something Continue reading OP-ED | Put The Screws To Politicians Who Don’t Care About FOI – CT News Junkie