Klau: “Training The Key” Lesson From Police Arrest Of Reporter – Branford Eagle

12/21/16 – By Staff The president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Tuesday called for New Haven police to train its cops better on dealing with journalists and camera-wielding citizens at crime scenes. Read More

CCFOI courting state candidates to sign freedom-of-information pledge – Journal-Inquirer

10/29/16 – By Eric Bedner The Connecticut Council of Freedom of Information is asking all candidates for legislative seats to take the “Public Official’s Pledge for Open and Accountable Government,” and is receiving responses from those who intend to do Continue reading CCFOI courting state candidates to sign freedom-of-information pledge – Journal-Inquirer

FOI Advocates Say 6th Circuit Ruling on Mugshots Shows Larger Trend – Meriden Record-Journal

07/31/16 – By Mike Savino   Freedom of information advocates warn that a federal ruling this month limiting access to mugshots shows a larger trend of curtailing public information, particularly police records. [Read More]

CCFOI Announces Annual Awards

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Working for open government since 1955 Press Release June 15, 2016 Contact: James H. Smith, jhsmithy@comcast.net, 203-915-9428 HARTFORD – The state librarian, a college professor, an NPR editor, a reporter and a retired TV news Continue reading CCFOI Announces Annual Awards

Body Cameras Will Become Standard, But Finding Funding Is Still Difficult – CT NewsJunkie

04/12/16 – By Jack Kramer Body cameras will soon be standard operating equipment for all police officers in Connecticut, according to a group of law enforcement and freedom of information experts who participated in a Southern Connecticut State University forum Continue reading Body Cameras Will Become Standard, But Finding Funding Is Still Difficult – CT NewsJunkie

OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar – CT News Junkie

02/05/16 – By Terry Cowgill Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public. Continue reading OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar – CT News Junkie

Editorial: 60 years fighting for open government – The Day

The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information had reason to celebrate at its annual meeting this month. It is the 60th anniversary of the group’s founding by Connecticut journalists seeking to protect the public’s right to know, a right not Continue reading Editorial: 60 years fighting for open government – The Day

UConn trustees adopt $1.3 billion budget with no public discussion – The CT Mirror

By: JACQUELINE RABE THOMAS The University of Connecticut’s governing board Wednesday adopted a nearly $1.3 billion budget for next fiscal year that increases the school’s spending by $103.7 million — almost 9 percent. The UConn Board of Trustees adopted the budget Continue reading UConn trustees adopt $1.3 billion budget with no public discussion – The CT Mirror

CCFOI 60th Anniversary Luncheon Award Winners and Officers

June 17, 2015 For immediate release Contact: James H. Smith 203-915-9428 jhsmithy@comcast.net At its 60th anniversary luncheon Wednesday, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information recognized a state legislator, a state commissioner, and five journalists with annual awards for their “outstanding Continue reading CCFOI 60th Anniversary Luncheon Award Winners and Officers

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