2005 CFOG Essay Contest

Ex-Tokers Get 2nd Shot At NHPD Badges – New Haven Independent

03/09/18 – By Christopher Peak After owning up to smoking pot, three top-scoring police recruits almost didn’t get the job — until police commissioners intervened and voted to let their past drug use slide. [Read More]

Community Policing Task Force Violated FOIA – New Haven Independent

03/09/18 – By Christopher Peak A community policing panel — created to improve public confidence in the police — violated the state’s open meetings law in barring a citizen from a closed-door meeting with the police chief. [Read More]

Meriden attempts second appeal of FOIC ruling – Meriden Record-Journal

03/07/18 – By Leigh Tauss MERIDEN — The city is attempting a second appeal of a Freedom of Information Commission ruling that city leaders violated open meeting laws during the 2016 search for a new city manager, a decision that a state superior court upheld in January. [Read More]

Stonington arbitration decision offers insight into McKrell-DiCesare conflict – The Day

03/06/18 – By Joe Wojtas Stonington — The decision by an arbitrator to overturn the town’s five-day suspension of former highway Supervisor Louis DiCesare II offers details of the conflict he had with his boss, Public Works Director Barbara McKrell. [Read More]  

Public’s Right to Know Should Include Government Use of Algorithms – CFOG News Release

03/13/18 – The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government has released a policy paper calling for elected officials and the public to consider the connection between proprietary computer algorithms owned or used by government and the public’s right to know what its government is doing. CFOG White Paper – Government Algorithms and the Public’s Right to […]

Bill would allow higher fees for FOI requests if for ‘commerical purposes,’ electronic records – Meriden Record-Journal

03/06/18 – By Matthew Zabierek WALLINGFORD — The legislature is considering a bill that would allow municipalities to charge additional fees for Freedom of Information requests that could result in a commercial gain by the requestor. [Read More]

State law proposed in reaction to Trump commission – Waterbury Republican-American

03/04/18 – By Bill Bittar HARTFORD — President Donald Trump’s advisory commission on election integrity requested voter information from all 50 states, leading to thousands of complaints to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office from residents concerned over the release of their personal information. Merrill also received calls from people contacted by Tom Alciere, a […]

Supreme Court Justices Grill Attorneys In Sandy Hook Records Case – Hartford Courant

03/01/18 – By Matthew Kauffman When Adam Lanza was in fifth grade, he created an eight-chapter booklet about a brutal gun-toting woman and her son, who attacked children, soldiers and eventually, each other. Years later, Lanza built a meticulously detailed spreadsheet of mass murders around the world, one more window into the obsession with violence that he […]