In 1975, the Connecticut General Assembly unanimously approved the creation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act to fight secrecy in government. But for the recent election season, only 10 percent of candidates for state office signed a pledge to oppose weakening the law.
Of the 38 candidates who signed the pledge, 24 did not win election. Leaving 14 officials, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who said they will bring a commitment to the Freedom of Information Act and public debate when they are sworn into office in January.