Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information
Minutes, Oct. 18, 2023
The meeting was via Zoom.
Present: Tom Scheffey, Jacqueline Smith, Mary Connolly, Michele Jacklin, Mitch Pearlman, David DesRoches, Jodie Mozdzer Gil, Karen Florin, Chris Powell, Colleen Murphy, Liz Gemski.
The minutes for the June 21, 2023 annual meeting were accepted.
Treasurer’s report: Smith reported a balance of $13,063.46. The switch from a luncheon to an early evening reception improved attendance. The total cost of the annual awards event at the Hartford Club was $3,123.89. Club member Dwight Merriam sponsored the event, which gave us a substantial savings.
Thank you, Dwight. The event was more successful this year, but still came in at a loss. Smith said our loss was $1,873.89, a “bit less” than other years. Smith recommends we decide on the format for next year’s annual awards event by March and award winners by April so we can return to having the gathering in June.
Legislative report: Gemski outlined the legislative session ahead. A fix for the whistleblower bill that limits transparency is needed. The auditor’s annual report offers just a general explanation of a complaint. We will ask for more information in the report. There will be proposals to expand the law adopted on state artificial intelligence. DesRoches was appointed to the Task Force to Study Artificial
Intelligence created by the law. He reported the first meeting on Sept. 20 was “robust.”
CT-N is recording the task force meetings. The recordings are available at ct-n.com. The link to the list of task force members is attached to the minutes.
Recruiting new members: Smith suggested creating an outline for interested new members to explain what would be expected of a new member. Pearlman said he has a sample outline, modified from CFOG’s expectation statement, and will distribute it to our email list. It is attached to the minutes.
Looking ahead: The next monthly meeting will be Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. via Zoom.