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Vexatious FOI complaints subject of new law – The Wilton Bulletin

06/20/18 – By Tony Spinelli Citizens who routinely and repeatedly file Freedom of Information complaints over thin reasons are the subjects of a new law passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy June 7. (Read More)

Stonington dismisses employee’s complaints about public works director – The Day

06/14/18 – By Joe Wojtas Stonington — Highway Department employee Dan Oliverio said Thursday that the town’s 2-month-long investigation into his allegation that he is being unfairly targeted by Public Works Director Barbara McKrell did not substantiate the charges he made. (Read More)

Andover figure lost job over lewdness; Selectman Linddy had obscene apron – Journal Inquirer

06/07/18 – By Emily Brindley ANDOVER — Complaints that led to Selectman Jay Linddy being fired from his town jobs were prompted by his display of a lewd apron in Town Hall, documents released by the town Wednesday show. (Read More)

Lawmakers Stand Firm On Elimination of Public Hearing Transcripts – CT News Junkie

06/07/18 – By Christine Stuart HARTFORD, CT — Good government advocates continued this week to criticize legislative leaders for ending the practice of transcribing public hearings, but at least two legislative leaders have defended it. (Read More)

Eliminating transcripts draws the shades on government a little more – Connecticut Mirror, Hartford

06/07/18 – By Michele Jacklin and Jeffrey Daniels Continuing their effort to draw the shade over the window of government accountability and transparency, General Assembly leaders have abandoned the longstanding practice of routinely transcribing the testimony presented at hundreds of public hearings held during legislative sessions. (Read More)

End of committee hearing transcripts criticized – Waterbury Republican-American

06/06/18 – By Paul Hughes HARTFORD — Open government advocates are criticizing General Assembly leaders for saving $100,000 a year in the state budget by ending the long-standing practice of transcribing committee hearings. The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information is urging top Democratic and Republican lawmakers to reverse the decision along with state Freedom […]

The First Amendment Works for You – June 7 at Noon

Join us on Thursday, June 7 for “The First Amendment Works for You” with David Fink and Mitchell Pearlman Unlike any other revolutionaries in history, America’s Founding Fathers didn’t keep the power to themselves; they enshrined our Liberties in the Bill of Rights. On Thursday, June 7, join former journalist David Fink and international advocate […]

State argues tax incentives offered to Amazon must remain secret – Meriden Record-Journal

05/31/18 – By Matthew Zabierek Revealing the tax incentives offered in the state’s failed bid for Amazon’s second headquarters would put Connecticut at a competitive disadvantage, officials with the Department of Economic and Community Development argued during a Freedom of Information Commission hearing this week (Read More)