Bill would help FOI Commission address ‘vexatious’ complaints, but includes fee – Meriden Record-Journal

02/27/18 – By Mike Savino HARTFORD — Lawmakers are considering a compromise between municipalities and the Freedom of Information Commission aimed at helping both sides deal with seemingly tedious or excessive requests for public documents. [Read More]

Proposed FOI ruling would force Stonington to release original operations report – The Day

01/30/18 – By Joe Wojtas Ten months after The Day filed an appeal, a state Freedom of Information officer has found that the town violated state law by refusing to release a consultant’s report on town operations to the newspaper. Continue reading Proposed FOI ruling would force Stonington to release original operations report – The Day

State won’t disclose incentives offered to lure Amazon to Connecticut – Meriden Record-Journal

01/28/18 – By Mike Savino The Department of Economic and Community Development says it will not release the incentives offered in its failed bid to have Amazon build a second headquarters in Connecticut. [Read More]

RTM members reject using town email – Greenwich Time

01/28/18 – By Ken Borsuk At a time when the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting has pledged to be more open and accessible, an attempt to require members to use town email accounts when conducting official business has been met with Continue reading RTM members reject using town email – Greenwich Time

OP-ED | The Legislature Should Not Censor CT-N – CTNewsJunkie.com

06/15/17 – By Dan Klau The Connecticut General Assembly recently issued a Request for Proposals concerning the operation of CT-N — the Connecticut Television Network. As presently written, this RFP would dramatically restrict CT-N’s ability to cover Executive and Judicial Continue reading OP-ED | The Legislature Should Not Censor CT-N – CTNewsJunkie.com

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