Reforms bolster CT as leader in government records transparency, experts say – CT Post

by Joshua Eaton, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

During the final days of the General Assembly session, lawmakers voted to strengthen Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act — the law that entitles members of the public to access government records — for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Experts say the reforms, which Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law on Wednesday, further enhance Connecticut’s public records law, which has long been a model both within the U.S. and globally. (Read More)

FOI-limiting bill would give public universities carte blanche to operate in secret – CT Mirror

by David DesRoches

Should public universities be able to operate behind closed doors? That’s essentially what would happen if Senate Bill 1153 becomes law. In fact, the only information that would be provided to the taxpaying public would be budget-related.

We wouldn’t know, for example, if the university was improperly experimenting on animals — the very thing that Justin Goodman found in 2004 when he used Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to expose “wasteful and cruel experiments on monkeys.” If 1153 was law in 2004, Goodman wouldn’t have gotten the records he sought, and your tax dollars would likely still be going toward illegal animal experimentation. (Read More)