Bill Requires Police to Release Detailed Arrest Data – The Connecticut Law Tribune

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo The legislature has passed a bill which requires police to release more information to the public about arrests, reversing a 2014 Connecticut Supreme Court decision which limited what police were required to give out while a Continue reading Bill Requires Police to Release Detailed Arrest Data – The Connecticut Law Tribune

Pearlman: Citizens need more information, not less – CTPost.com

Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned some 20 years of Freedom of Information law when it concluded that police departments need only disclose a bare minimum of arrest information (name, address, date, time and charges) pending prosecution. This ruling applies Continue reading Pearlman: Citizens need more information, not less – CTPost.com

Editorial: Government Openness Dealt Another Blow – Hartford Courant

That rumble you hear is Ella T. Grasso turning over in her grave in disgust at the damage today’s public officials are doing to the cherished concept of open government that she and lawmakers of her time bequeathed to the Continue reading Editorial: Government Openness Dealt Another Blow – Hartford Courant

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

Editorial: Sunshine needed – MyRecordJournal.com

Mitchell W. Pearlman, of Glastonbury, probably knows as much about open government as anyone. He has served as director of both the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and the Office of State Ethics. He has taught, lectured and written extensively Continue reading Editorial: Sunshine needed – MyRecordJournal.com

Editorial: Police Should Not Be Deciding What Public Can Know – Hartford Courant

Editorial: It’s in the public’s welfare to have information on crimes in communities. A state with the nickname of Corrupticut should think hard about the wisdom of leaving entirely up to police whether to release important arrest records while a Continue reading Editorial: Police Should Not Be Deciding What Public Can Know – Hartford Courant

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