Lawmakers eye higher fines, new enforcement tools, more staff for FOI agency – New Haven Register

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas 03/24/2023 Connecticut’s open records laws may soon get its first overhaul in nearly 40 years. A key legislative committee is proposing to sharply increase the penalties government agencies face for violating public records regulations and require Continue reading Lawmakers eye higher fines, new enforcement tools, more staff for FOI agency – New Haven Register

FOI is under attack in Connecticut as never before – Connecticut Post

By Michele Jacklin 03/22/2023 In 1975, with the unyielding insistence of then-Gov. Ella T. Grasso, Connecticut lawmakers enacted a groundbreaking freedom of information law, opening up previously secretive state and local governmental operations and providing citizens with seemingly unfettered access Continue reading FOI is under attack in Connecticut as never before – Connecticut Post

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Mission Statement CCFOI’s mission is to advocate and promote strong Freedom of Information Laws and other laws that help guarantee the rights and liberties of journalists and other persons under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article Continue reading What We Do

The Day: Thin excuses for keeping the public in the dark

From the Day, New London 01/22/2023 At a Jan. 3 proceeding conducted by a Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission hearing officer, an attorney for the Connecticut Port Authority was pressed as to why the authority had waited nearly five months Continue reading The Day: Thin excuses for keeping the public in the dark

Feds conduct wide-ranging criminal investigation of port authority – The Day

08/18/2022 By David Collins A federal grand jury has subpoenaed six years of Connecticut Port Authority records pertaining to a wide-ranging investigation of the quasi-public agency’s business, from its comprehensive management contract for New London’s State Pier to a communications/marketing Continue reading Feds conduct wide-ranging criminal investigation of port authority – The Day

Adventures In ‘Open’ Government: Derby Needs A FOI Refresher – Valley Independent Sentinel

08/16/2022 By Eugene Driscoll DERBY — Derby government needs to take a refresher course about the Freedom of Information Act. The city also needs to come up with a simple written policy that gives guidance to employees who receive information requests from the public. Continue reading Adventures In ‘Open’ Government: Derby Needs A FOI Refresher – Valley Independent Sentinel

Old Saybrook appeals state order to release former cop’s exit interview – New Haven Register

08/14/2022 By Meghan Friedmann A state order for the disclosure of an Old Saybrook police officer’s exit interview is facing a legal challenge. The Old Saybrook Police Department has filed a complaint in New Britain Superior Court appealing a Freedom Continue reading Old Saybrook appeals state order to release former cop’s exit interview – New Haven Register

Old Saybrook Police Withhold Patrolman’s Exit Interview, Citing ‘Personal Privacy’ of Chief – Connecticut Examiner

07/22/2022 By Emilia Otte OLD SAYBROOK — The state Freedom of Information Commission last week ordered the town’s police department to release the exit interview of former Old Saybrook Patrolman Justin Hanna, but the department has so far declined to Continue reading Old Saybrook Police Withhold Patrolman’s Exit Interview, Citing ‘Personal Privacy’ of Chief – Connecticut Examiner