Posts For Category: "Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information"

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. [Read More]

UConn Foundation Says ‘Transparency’ Bills Would Chill Donors – Hartford Courant

Representatives of the University of Connecticut Foundation made an impassioned argument at a legislative hearing Thursday that any law forcing them to open their records to the public — even if donors’ name are excluded — would impede their efforts to raise money. And it seemed from the response of the legislators on the higher-education […]

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 the FOIC serves a vital purpose in the state. “I do not sign pledges, it’s […]

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. While some police chiefs see a value in explaining the circumstances under which people are […]

Op-Ed: Too few CT lawmakers have signed FOI pledge – The CT Mirror

By: James H. Smith | February 5, 2015 Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, Lt Gov. Nancy Wyman and state Comptroller Kevin Lembo – a card carrying FOI advocate – have signed the Freedom of Information Pledge proffered by the non-profit advocacy group Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information. It took several weeks for Malloy to decide […]

Our View: Government accountability starts with openness – The Bulletin

Posted Nov. 24, 2014 @ 2:01 am Prior to the election, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information asked candidates running for state office to sign a pledge in support of open government. With little fanfare, and waiting to after the election, we learned last week that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the pledge on […]

OP-ED | Put The Screws To Politicians Who Don’t Care About FOI – CT News Junkie

By Terry Cowgill Aside from the fact that the state woke up and decided not to put in the governor’s mansion an erratic financier who wouldn’t tell us what he’d do if elected, voters who rose Wednesday morning had something else to be grateful for: Comptroller Kevin Lembo was re-elected. In addition to exhibiting refreshing […]

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. 30, 2014 Time:          12:30-1:30 p.m. Panelists: Daniel Klau, Hartford attorney, First Amendment and Media […]

Watchdogs Ask Candidates To Take FOI Pledge – CT News Junkie

by Hugh McQuaid | Oct 9, 2014 11:54am Sick of playing defense against efforts to erode the state Freedom of Information Act, an open government advocacy group has begun asking candidates to sign a pledge to support the public document disclosure law. “Freedom of information and the public’s right to know about Connecticut state and […]

The Day – Connecticut needs to repair weakened FOI law | News from southeastern Connecticut

By Paul Choiniere The Connecticut General Assembly needs to get to work in 2015 to repair a state Freedom of Information Act that shows too much deference to government institutions at the expense of citizens. Last week the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the FOI Act only requires police to provide minimal information about […]