Editorial: Reopening Police Records Was Blow Against Secrecy – Hartford Courant

This was one legislative action taken in the dark of night that was welcome. At about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, the final day of the 2015 session, the state Senate gave its unanimous consent to a compromise bill that restores much Continue reading Editorial: Reopening Police Records Was Blow Against Secrecy – 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

Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Access to Arrest Records – CTNewsJunkie.com

Less than a year after the state Supreme Court ruled that police could withhold arrest information while criminal prosecutions are ongoing, lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would essentially undo that decision. The bill before the legislature, H.B. 6750, would require police to Continue reading Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Access to Arrest Records – CTNewsJunkie.com

Don’t Let Police Decide What Public Should Know – Hartford Courant Editorial

The cause of open government in Connecticut has taken extraordinarily hard knocks of late, undermining this state’s once-sterling reputation nationally for valuing openness and promoting the free flow of information. One of the hardest was a disappointing state Supreme Court Continue reading Don’t Let Police Decide What Public Should Know – Hartford Courant Editorial