OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar – CT News Junkie

02/05/16 – By Terry Cowgill Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public. Continue reading OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar – CT News Junkie

Editorial: 60 years fighting for open government – The Day

The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information had reason to celebrate at its annual meeting this month. It is the 60th anniversary of the group’s founding by Connecticut journalists seeking to protect the public’s right to know, a right not Continue reading Editorial: 60 years fighting for open government – The Day

UConn trustees adopt $1.3 billion budget with no public discussion – The CT Mirror

By: JACQUELINE RABE THOMAS The University of Connecticut’s governing board Wednesday adopted a nearly $1.3 billion budget for next fiscal year that increases the school’s spending by $103.7 million — almost 9 percent. The UConn Board of Trustees adopted the budget Continue reading UConn trustees adopt $1.3 billion budget with no public discussion – The CT Mirror

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

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

OP-ED: UConn Foundation Can’t Pass Legal Test To Keep Secrecy – Hartford Courant

State Rep. Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, appears to have found the decisive argument for making the University of Connecticut Foundation subject to our freedom of information laws. Willis, who is co-chairman of the Higher Education Committee, asked at a recent hearing whether the Continue reading OP-ED: UConn Foundation Can’t Pass Legal Test To Keep Secrecy – Hartford Courant

Column: Why the cloak of secrecy? – MyRecordJournal.com

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is, for all intents and purposes, a duck. That’s the Duck Test, which is being applied right now at both the local and state Continue reading Column: Why the cloak of secrecy? – MyRecordJournal.com

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Testimony March 2, 2015 – Government Administration and Elections Committee

6905 An Act Concerning the Awarding of costs for appeals under the Freedom of Information Act. Sen. Cassano, Rep. Jutila, Sen. McLachlan, Rep. Smith, Committee members: The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information opposes this bill because it appears to Continue reading Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Testimony March 2, 2015 – Government Administration and Elections Committee

Local legislators mixed on FOI Commission pledge – New Britain Herald

By Robert Storace  NEW BRITAIN — Members of the city’s five-person legislative delegation is mixed on whether or not to sign a pledge to protect the independence of the Freedom of Information Commission and oppose weakening it, but all agreed Continue reading Local legislators mixed on FOI Commission pledge – New Britain Herald

Legislators Urged To Undo Court Ruling That Lets Police Suppress Arrest Details – Hartford Courant

Police departments in Connecticut don’t have to release much information about arrests that they make — not in a timely manner, anyway — and open-government advocates are now saying that legislators need to pass a bill to increase disclosure requirements. Continue reading Legislators Urged To Undo Court Ruling That Lets Police Suppress Arrest Details – Hartford Courant