Posts For Category: "connecticut foia"

The charter debate: More schools, transparency and oversight? – The CT Mirror

The billboard in Bridgeport promises students the chance to win a seat in a new charter school opening in August. “Enroll now! Accepting applications for grades 6-12,” reads the advertisement facing the highway. In Stamford, another charter school organization has already accepted 30 applications from parents who hope to win a seat in their school […]

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 overturn a Connecticut Supreme Court decision last year, Comm’r of Public Safety v. FOIC, which […]

To know, or not to know? – The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Every recent legislative session in Connecticut has brought another challenge to open information that is both meaningful and dangerous for those who care about governmental accountability. This time, one of those is the need to reverse the state Supreme Court decision in 2014 that changed the amount of information that police must make public. That […]

Failing An FOI Pop Quiz – The Newton Bee

Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act has been on the books for nearly 40 years. A couple of generations of public servants have been operating under its provisions. Yet after decades of illumination by the state’s Sunshine Laws, our elected and appointed representatives in government continue to wander into the shadows, where they stumble over provisions […]

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 […]

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 to evaluate the evidence impartially but also to make sure that complainants are able to […]

Editorial: Connecticut Supreme Court decision a blow to accountability – New Haven Register

In a blow to accountability and open government, the Connecticut Supreme Court Monday ruled that police statewide have to release only basic information about arrests to the public while prosecutions are pending. The ramifications of this decision, stemming from a New Haven Register challenge of state police secrecy in 2008, could have serious implications on […]

Freedom Of Information Always Under Attack – OP-ED The Hartford Courant

By J. CHARLES MOKRISKI That Connecticut’s widely heralded Freedom of Information Act is under assault is troubling, but not new. Since the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, we’ve seen relentless efforts to cut back on public access to police reports and investigatory activities, death certificates and other records that previously were accessible, with limited exception. […]

Editorial: New Haven Register Editorial: John Rowland, Dan Malloy and Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act

A strong Freedom of Information Act and watchdog journalism continue to be Connecticut’s best weapons against public corruption, and former Gov. John Rowland’s latest shenanigans offer a lesson on why honest politicians should be calling for the latter to be strengthened, not eroded. After his stay in prison on felony corruption charges, Rowland is accused […]