Restore the Transcription of Public Hearing Testimony! – CCFOI

Without benefit of public hearing or even public notice, the legislature has ended the transcription of public hearings.  WE STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS DECISION AND URGE THAT FUNDING FOR TRANSCRIPTION BE IMMEDIATELY RESTORED. (Read More)

Stonington dismisses employee’s complaints about public works director – The Day

06/14/18 – By Joe Wojtas Stonington — Highway Department employee Dan Oliverio said Thursday that the town’s 2-month-long investigation into his allegation that he is being unfairly targeted by Public Works Director Barbara McKrell did not substantiate the charges he Continue reading Stonington dismisses employee’s complaints about public works director – The Day

Lawmakers Stand Firm On Elimination of Public Hearing Transcripts – CT News Junkie

06/07/18 – By Christine Stuart HARTFORD, CT — Good government advocates continued this week to criticize legislative leaders for ending the practice of transcribing public hearings, but at least two legislative leaders have defended it. (Read More)

Eliminating transcripts draws the shades on government a little more – Connecticut Mirror, Hartford

06/07/18 – By Michele Jacklin and Jeffrey Daniels Continuing their effort to draw the shade over the window of government accountability and transparency, General Assembly leaders have abandoned the longstanding practice of routinely transcribing the testimony presented at hundreds of Continue reading Eliminating transcripts draws the shades on government a little more – Connecticut Mirror, Hartford

End of committee hearing transcripts criticized – Waterbury Republican-American

06/06/18 – By Paul Hughes HARTFORD — Open government advocates are criticizing General Assembly leaders for saving $100,000 a year in the state budget by ending the long-standing practice of transcribing committee hearings. The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Continue reading End of committee hearing transcripts criticized – Waterbury Republican-American

Restore public access to public hearings – Statement by CCFOI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2018 CONTACTS: Zachary Janowski  zacharyjanowski@gmail.com Michele Jacklin michelej.ct@gmail.com Jeff Daniels jeff@jdsail.com HARTFORD – The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information (CCFOI) today criticized General Assembly leaders for abandoning the long-held practice of transcribing public hearing testimony, further eroding Continue reading Restore public access to public hearings – Statement by CCFOI

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