Bill’s objective: opacity in government – Waterbury Republican-American

02/10/19 – By Red Jahncke Beware politicians trying to limit transparency in government, especially when they want to maintain their own access to information but deny it to the public. One such effort is underway in Hartford, where Proposed Bill Continue reading Bill’s objective: opacity in government – Waterbury Republican-American

Illegally Secret Cop Drug Policy Released – New Haven Independent

02/08/19 – By Christopher Peak Former pot smokers, ravers and drunk drivers are all welcome to join New Haven’s police force. (Read More)

Bill seeks to limit access to voter registration data in Connecticut – Meriden Record-Journal

02/08/19 – By Mary Ellen Godin A bipartisan House bill would prohibit the disclosure of voter registration data for commercial purposes but would make some information available to election and political committees. (Read More)

CCFOI statement against sealing criminal records to help people get housing

February 7, 2019 The Honorable Dennis Bradley, Senate Chair The Honorable Brandon McGee, House Chair Housing Committee Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Office Building, Room 2700 Hartford, Connecticut 06106 Dear Chairmen Bradley and McGee, Ranking Members Hwang and Dauphinais, and members Continue reading CCFOI statement against sealing criminal records to help people get housing

CT Foundation for Open Government Panel Discussion: The Stories Behind the Biggest Stories of 2018

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at The Lyceum in Hartford, six accomplished, savvy reporters discussed the “stories behind the stories” — the tips they received, the sources they consulted, the difficulties they faced, the doubts that troubled them, the barriers they overcame Continue reading CT Foundation for Open Government Panel Discussion: The Stories Behind the Biggest Stories of 2018

Courant wins top New England FOI award for winning release of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s records – Hartford Courant

02/01/19 – By John Ferraro The Hartford Courant has been awarded a top Freedom of Information award for its successful five-year legal battle to win release of documents seized from the home of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza’s Continue reading Courant wins top New England FOI award for winning release of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s records – Hartford Courant

Board Told To Keep Birks Eval Secret – New Haven Independent

01/30/19 – By Christopher Peak A consultant advised New Haven’s Board of Education not to put any part of the schools superintendent’s upcoming performance review on paper, other than a single summary sheet at the end. (Read More)

Violations, fines pile up due to backlog for public information in CT – CT Post

01/26/19 – By Lisa Backus A Connecticut agency that includes the state police is racking up violations and fines due to a nearly two-year backlog in responding to public information requests. (Read More)

OP-ED | CCSU Report Illustrates Why Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Only As Good As Its Exemptions – CT News Junkie

01/24/19 – By Mike Savino A report from outside investigators this week detailing former students’ complaints of sexual misconduct against two Central Connecticut State University professors — and the university’s failure to take corrective action — highlights a blind spot Continue reading OP-ED | CCSU Report Illustrates Why Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Only As Good As Its Exemptions – CT News Junkie

Concealing crime records would be another injustice – Journal Inquirer

01/23/19 – By Chris Powell Criminal-justice reform in Connecticut increasingly is construed as a matter of concealing criminal records. Just-retired Gov. Dannel P. Malloy offered several proposals to this effect and now a coalition of church people and state legislators Continue reading Concealing crime records would be another injustice – Journal Inquirer