Posts For Category: "Connecticut open government"

Norfolk to host FOI seminar – The Register Citizen

02/23/18 – Staff Reports NORFOLK — Tom Hennick, Public Information Officer from the Freedom of Information Commission, will be holding an Informational Seminar on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m., at Norfolk Town Hall, 19 Maple Ave. to discuss FOI laws and new legislation. A Q&A session will follow. Members of area town boards, commissions […]

FOI Commission closes investigation – The Southington Observer

02/21/18 – By Sheridan Cyr The State of Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission approved the report of the hearing officer as-written, and that marked the end of the state’s investigation into a complaint filed on Aug. 7, 2017 by former Board of Finance member and local Democrat John Moise against the Southington Town Council. [Read […]

Judge upholds FOI decision; City Council may appeal – Record-Journal

02/21/18 – By Leigh Tauss MERIDEN — The City Council is deliberating whether to appeal a recent Supreme Court decision to uphold a Freedom of Information Commission ruling that councilors violated the state’s open meeting requirements while discussing a city manager search in early 2016. [Read More]

Malloy’s Frivolous Spending Contradicts Claims of Crisis – Journal Inquirer

02/21/18 – By Chris Powell KEEP VOTER ROLLS PUBLIC: Voter registration data is crucial to the integrity of elections. You can’t tell if elections are honest if you can’t tell who voted. But Secretary of the State Denise Merrill wants to conceal much of this data in the name of protecting voter privacy. [Read More […]

Editorial: Defend the Watchdogs – Waterbury Republican-American

12/03/16 – By Editorial Board Leaders of Connecticut government’s watchdog agencies — the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Office of State Ethics and the Freedom of Information Commission — worry they may face crippling cuts as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature tackle looming budget deficits in excess of $1 billion. “I am always […]

Editorial: Reopening Police Records Was Blow Against Secrecy – Hartford Courant

This was one legislative action taken in the dark of night that was welcome. At about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, the final day of the 2015 session, the state Senate gave its unanimous consent to a compromise bill that restores much of the public access to police arrest records lost last year in a brutal state […]

FOI Commission: State Police Must Turn Over Lanzas’ Papers – Hartford Courant

By DAVE MORAN HARTFORD — State police must make available to the public personal documents seized from Adam Lanza’s house during the course of the investigation into the 2012 killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the state’s Freedom of Information Commission unanimously ruled Wednesday. The ruling came as a […]

See You In Court – May 2015 – JD Supra Business Advisor

Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Finance, gave the Board of Education a very hard time throughout the entire budget process this year. He questioned the Board down to the minutest detail of its budget estimate, and he seemed always to have a better idea about how to run the Nutmeg […]

Cops, courts, prosecutors align to promote secrecy – The Day

By Dick Ahles That awful video of a fleeing suspect being shot eight times in the back by a police officer in South Carolina led directly to the officer being charged with murder. But if it had happened in Connecticut and the police had gotten their hands on the video first, they could have legally […]

Editorial: Sunshine needed – MyRecordJournal.com

Mitchell W. Pearlman, of Glastonbury, probably knows as much about open government as anyone. He has served as director of both the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and the Office of State Ethics. He has taught, lectured and written extensively on the subject, and has consulted on democratic governance both in this country and abroad. […]