Your FOI is in our DNA – Editorial, The Day, New London

09/03/2023 From The Day, New London Commitment to the principle of Freedom of Information lies deep in the DNA of The Day. Throughout its history, the newspaper has championed the right to know – not just our right to know, Continue reading Your FOI is in our DNA – Editorial, The Day, New London

Freedom of Information Under Threat in Connecticut – Law.com

05/03/2023 By Connecticut Law Tribune Editorial Board This started out as a great year for Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act, but now it’s in trouble. In February, investigative reporters at Hearst Media produced a powerful series detailing Bridgeport’s shocking record Continue reading Freedom of Information Under Threat in Connecticut – Law.com

CT Viewpoints: Stop CT’s attack on its own accountability and transparency – CT Mirror

05/03/2023 By Justin Goodman Shame on Connecticut legislators for advancing a misguided bill (SB 1153) to exempt the University of Connecticut and other state institutions from the open records law and keep their taxpayer-funded activities in the dark. Shortly after Continue reading CT Viewpoints: Stop CT’s attack on its own accountability and transparency – CT Mirror

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

Committee Approves Bill With Steep Penalties for FOI Violations – CT News Junkie

By Staff Report 03/27/2023 Lawmakers advanced five bills Friday out of committee revising the state’s Freedom of Information Act, including one that seeks to improve enforcement by increasing the maximum fine allowed for denial of public records requests from $1,000 Continue reading Committee Approves Bill With Steep Penalties for FOI Violations – CT News Junkie

Connecticut Hearst papers: Open government laws need enforcement – New Haven Register

Editorial 03/26/2023 The penalties for violating Connecticut’s Freedom of Information laws are far too lenient. They hardly amount to a disincentive, and are in no way a cure for those who flout the statutes. The General Assembly may be looking Continue reading Connecticut Hearst papers: Open government laws need enforcement – New Haven Register

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

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

FOI Commission admonishes municipalities for illegal meetings, illegal fees – Hartford Courant

11/15/18 – By Matthew Kauffman Shortly after the Bridgeport City Council’s budget committee opened its meeting last May, Councilwoman Jeannette Herron took up the first order of business with a directive to members of the public. (Read More)