CCFOI Meeting Minutes – March 17, 2021

The meeting was via Zoom.

Present: Mike Savino, Steve Nevas, Liz Gemski, Kim Phillips, Matt Kauffman, Mitch Pearlman, Jeff Daniels, Chris Powell, Gary Gold, Mary Schwind, Michele Jacklin, Mary Connolly.

The minutes of the Feb. 24, 2021 meeting were accepted.

Treasurer’s report: Phillips reported a balance of $15,303.70.

Legislative report: Gemski discussed the status of hearings on proposed legislation. There also was discussion of the algorithm memo prepared by Sarah Lamsifer, a Yale student. Rep. Roland Lamar has been approached to seek an OLR report on the subject. No action is sought this year, as those involved are focusing on education on the issue. The Secretary of the State’s office did not submit prior proposals on privacy issues. This year, the secretary’s focus is on expanding voter access, including absentee ballot voting.

Nevas suggested revisiting the use of technology in state courtrooms. The courts allow streaming but not recording. He said fixed cameras are not installed in courtrooms. A judge can be petitioned to allow cameras. “Technology has overrun the reluctance of the courts,” Nevas said, adding the Connecticut Bar Association also is discussing this.

Annual meeting: Phillips contacted the Pond House. The third Wednesday in June, our usual date, is available. Our 2020 annual meeting was canceled because of the pandemic. There was discussion of whether an event this June would still be considered too early for a large gathering.

Looking ahead: The next CCFOI meeting will be April 21 at noon, via Zoom.