Posts For Category: "Connecticut open government"

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 […]

Focus on Connecticut – News 12 CT

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut. http://connecticut.news12.com/features/focus-on-connecticut-1.4274271

Can A Judicial Decision Be Both Right And Wrong At The Same Time? – Appealing Brief Blog

By Dan Klau On Monday the Connecticut Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in an important Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) case, Comm’r of Public Safety v. FOIC, which involved a 2008 request for arrests records by the New Haven Register.  The media and open government advocates, myself included, have expressed considerable disappointment with the decision, which […]

Immaculate, East Lyme and Greenwich students win top prizes; honorable mentions to Greenwich, Housatonic Trumbull and West Haven – 2014 CFOG Essay Contest

Daniel Hagan, a senior at Immaculate High School in Danbury, has won the first prize of $1,000 in this year’s Connecticut Foundation for Open Government (CFOG) high school essay contest. He wrote about student social media accounts and whether school administrators should have access to them to investigate problems of bullying or the violation of […]

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. […]