Fee for Connecticut court documents among highest in state – The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Copying public documents in Connecticut courts can be an expensive proposition at $1 a page, a fee set by state law that is double what cities and towns can charge and quadruple the rate collected by Continue reading Fee for Connecticut court documents among highest in state – The Associated Press

A Transparency Advocate’s Legislative Wish List – The Hartford Currant

by Matthew Kauffman I recently obtained an internal email in which a lawyer for a public agency laid out the agency’s strategy for responding to a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act. Step One was identifying the Continue reading A Transparency Advocate’s Legislative Wish List – The Hartford Currant

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information announces open government award recipients

HARTFORD >> A police chief, a state senator, an FOI Commission employee and two journalists have won the annual open government awards from the nonprofit Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, which has been advocating for freedom of information for Continue reading Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information announces open government award recipients

CT News Junkie | Lawmakers Unlikely To Take Action On Public Disclosure, Privacy Bills

by Hugh McQuaid     CTNJ file photo Sen. Anthony Musto Lawmakers appear unlikely to act in the remaining two weeks of the session on two pieces of legislation aimed at balancing crime victim privacy with Connecticut’s public disclosure law. Continue reading CT News Junkie | Lawmakers Unlikely To Take Action On Public Disclosure, Privacy Bills

The FOI Loophole: Third-Party Contracts

Jacqueline Wattles In July last year, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission ruled to keep secret a contract detailing the new relationship forged by the University of Connecticut and Webster Bank. The case highlights questions that journalists must grapple with Continue reading The FOI Loophole: Third-Party Contracts

Freedom Of Information Always Under Attack – OP-ED, The Hatford Courant

By J. CHARLES MOKRISKI That Connecticut’s widely heralded Freedom of Information Act is under assault is troubling, but not new. Since the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, we’ve seen relentless efforts to cut back on public access to police reports Continue reading Freedom Of Information Always Under Attack – OP-ED, The Hatford Courant

Tighter Rules OK’d On Public’s Access To Crime Records – Courant.com

By DANIELA ALTIMARI, altimari@courant.com The Hartford Courant 6:53 p.m. EDT, April 1, 2014 HARTFORD — The stage is set for a showdown at the General Assembly on crime victim privacy and the public’s right to know.   On Tuesday, the Continue reading Tighter Rules OK’d On Public’s Access To Crime Records – Courant.com