CCFOI Meeting Minutes — Feb. 21, 2024

Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information

Minutes, Feb. 21, 2024

The meeting was via Zoom.

Present: Mike Savino, Tom Scheffey, Jacqueline Smith, Mary Connolly, Michele Jacklin, Jeff Daniels, Mitch Pearlman, Jodi Gil, Chris Powell, Karen Florin, David DesRoches, Liz Gemski, Colleen Murphy, Paula Pearlman.

The minutes of the Jan.17, 2024 monthly meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s report: Smith reported a balance of $10,863.46. It was agreed Smith and Jacklin will finalize the annual dues letter and it will be mailed this week. An addendum will be attached listing recent activities in 2023 and achievements in the legislative session. There was discussion of creating an online option for the payment of dues. Many options require a fee. Smith suggested a Venmo account, which is free. It was agreed Smith should look into that option. The current fee structure will be reviewed in the months ahead for 2025. It was agreed our dues will be requested to cover the calendar year, not the fiscal year.

Legislative report: Democrats announced “An Act Concerning Artificial Intelligence” (Senate Bill 2) that will build on the AI legislation adopted last year. Included are provisions to increase transparency and accountability. The bill would create Connecticut Citizens AI Academy to train state businesses and employees in the use of AI. It also would update state laws outlawing revenge porn to include AI images and prohibiting the use of AI to create nonconsensual images or child pornography.

Gemski reported a new round of troubling FOI bills have been filed. Murphy said one proposal by the governor involves medical information. FOI already has an exemption for personal information, but this proposal would go beyond the protections in HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). It would undo a Supreme Court ruling the FOIC won.

Governance Committee: This committee was created last year and met May 10, 2023. It nominated a slate of officers to consider at the following June annual meeting. The committee has not met since that first meeting. It was agreed to reactivate the Governance Committee to identify and recruit new board members and offer recommendations on governance. Karen Florin volunteered to be chairman of the Governance Committee. Her appointment was unanimously approved.

Looking ahead: We will meet twice a month during the legislative session. The legislative update meeting will be March 6 at 9 a.m. via Zoom. Our regular monthly meeting will be March 20 at 9 a.m. via Zoom.