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

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

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

Release Records Of Famous Killer – Hartford Courant

By Editorial contact the reporter State has no business hiding records of real-life “Arsenic and Old Lace” murderer Amy Archer Gilligan may have murdered dozens a century ago. What’s with the secrecy? It’s absurd for the state to hide the Continue reading Release Records Of Famous Killer – Hartford Courant

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

Malloy Signs FOI Pledge

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Serving Connecticut for 60 years FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE jhsmithy@comcast.net, 203-915-9428 Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, waiting until after his re-election, has signed the FOI Pledge for open government. He follows State Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Continue reading Malloy Signs FOI Pledge

FOI Pledge Update

Asked to support the Freedom of Information Pledge, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo responded, “where do I sign.” A well known advocate of the people’s right to know, Lembo is, so far, only one of two candidates for Constitutional office to Continue reading FOI Pledge Update

WNPR-FM comes to Quinnipiac

    Join host John Dankosky for a discussion on Freedom of Information issues in Connecticut, including an update on the Newtown/Sandy Hook shooting investigation. What: Panel discussion will be recorded for air later Where: Student Center 120 Date: Oct. Continue reading WNPR-FM comes to Quinnipiac

You might need a lawyer these days at the FOI Commission – Journal Inquirer

By Andy Thibault and Isaac Avilucea Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission always has followed the principle that complainants do not need to be represented by lawyers. This is because it is the job of the commission’s hearing officer not just Continue reading You might need a lawyer these days at the FOI Commission – Journal Inquirer

ConnectiCOSH wins freedom of information appeal to obtain OSHA whistleblower documents

On August 14, 2014 the Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health received internal OSHA documents regarding the worker whistleblower program. The original request was made in order to determine how to improve protections for workers facing harassment and retaliation Continue reading ConnectiCOSH wins freedom of information appeal to obtain OSHA whistleblower documents