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

05/30/2023 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 Continue reading FOI-limiting bill would give public universities carte blanche to operate in secret – CT Mirror

Bill Asks Local Officials To Be Both Seen and Heard – CT News Junkie

05/08/2023 By Christine Stuart Similar to what lawmakers have been trying to practice this session, some lawmakers want local boards and commission members to show their faces when talking and voting remotely. The bill, which passed the Planning & Development Continue reading Bill Asks Local Officials To Be Both Seen and Heard – CT News Junkie

Editorial: FOI bill is Democrats against democracy – Waterbury Republican-American

05/08/2023 Editorial When it comes to fights over public education – from removing pornography from school libraries to ensuring racial essentialism isn’t laundered into school curricula through “equity” initiatives – the actual question is whether publicly funded educational institutions should Continue reading Editorial: FOI bill is Democrats against democracy – Waterbury Republican-American

House approves bill creating panel to study mandatory public comment periods – The Day, New London

05/05/2023 By Brian Hallenbeck May 5—Connecticut’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this week that would establish a task force to study requiring public comment periods at meetings of all public agencies. The bill will move to the Senate Continue reading House approves bill creating panel to study mandatory public comment periods – The Day, New London

Michele Jacklin: Nix these new restraints on Connecticut’s FOI Act – Connecticut Mirror

04/26/2023 By Michele Jacklin The silence has been deafening. Curiously so. As state lawmakers continue to hack away at Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act, the response from members of the public and the news media has been confounding passivity. The Continue reading Michele Jacklin: Nix these new restraints on Connecticut’s FOI Act – Connecticut Mirror

End of committee hearing transcripts criticized – Waterbury Republican-American

06/06/18 – By Paul Hughes HARTFORD — Open government advocates are criticizing General Assembly leaders for saving $100,000 a year in the state budget by ending the long-standing practice of transcribing committee hearings. The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information Continue reading End of committee hearing transcripts criticized – Waterbury Republican-American

Restore public access to public hearings – Statement by CCFOI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2018 CONTACTS: Zachary Janowski  zacharyjanowski@gmail.com Michele Jacklin michelej.ct@gmail.com Jeff Daniels jeff@jdsail.com HARTFORD – The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information (CCFOI) today criticized General Assembly leaders for abandoning the long-held practice of transcribing public hearing testimony, further eroding Continue reading Restore public access to public hearings – Statement by CCFOI