Posts For Category: "Connecticut"

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Copying public documents in Connecticut courts can be an expensive proposition at $1 a page, a fee set by state law that is double what cities and towns can charge and quadruple the rate collected by state agencies. While high-priced lawyers may not think twice about the fee, it can be a bank account drainer […]

A Transparency Advocate’s Legislative Wish List – The Hartford Currant

by Matthew Kauffman I recently obtained an internal email in which a lawyer for a public agency laid out the agency’s strategy for responding to a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act. Step One was identifying the records the agency was willing to release. Step Two was identifying the records the agency […]

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 […]

ConnectiCOSH wins freedom of information appeal to obtain OSHA whistleblower documents

On August 14, 2014 the Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health received internal OSHA documents regarding the worker whistleblower program. The original request was made in order to determine how to improve protections for workers facing harassment and retaliation when raising health and safety concerns. These documents were initially requested on June 2, 2010 […]

FOI Complaint filed against education board chairman – Register Citizen

By Ryan Flynn, Register Citizen WINSTED >> A Freedom of Information complaint has been filed against Board of Education Chairwoman Susan Hoffnagle, alleging email communications from February are in violation of FOI law. The complaint was filed by fellow school board member Ray Rabago, persons with disabilities commission chairman Art Melycher and two others. A chain […]

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. […]

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 […]

Connecticut police move toward transparency after Sunshine Week investigation: Opinion

As cynical journalists often frustrated by stonewalling and secretive government officials, we were expecting the worst when we decided to send a reporter to every police department and state police troop in Connecticut (103 of them) this spring to test compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. And the results were pretty bad in a […]

The FOI Loophole: Third-Party Contracts

Jacqueline Wattles In July last year, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission ruled to keep secret a contract detailing the new relationship forged by the University of Connecticut and Webster Bank. The case highlights questions that journalists must grapple with in the age of rising higher-education costs and the virtual arms race among universities to […]