CCFOI Meeting Minutes – October 19, 2019

Present: President Mike Savino, Vice President Matt Kauffman, Treasurer George Lombard, Legislative Committee co-chairs Michele Jacklin and Jeff Daniels, Mitch Pearlman, Gary Gold, Chris Powell, Zach Janowski, Paula Pearlman, Colleen Murphy

Guest: Michael Karanicolas 

Meeting called to order at 12:10 

Approval of the minutes. Moved by M. Pearlman, seconded by Powell. Unanimous

Presidents report: Savino reminded members on the need to narrow down the legislative agenda 

Treasurer’s report: Provided by Lombard

Legislative report: Jacklin, Daniels, P. Pearlman, Murphy gave an update on meeting with Rep. Stafstrom about recent legislation that sealed cases that transfer from juvenile to adult court. Members also talked about strategy to build support to undo the law. 

M. Pearlman mentioned RCFP program that provides lawyers in states to help reporters for FOI/public access matters. There is an application in Connecticut. 

Invited Guests: Isabella Blank couldn’t attend, but Janowski said Yankee Institute is working with CCFOI to address union supersedence of FOI. 

Karanicolas talked with CCFOI about algorithmic transparency and his desire to get legislation passed. He also talked about efforts CCFOI could pursue to get broader transparency improvements in CT. 

Motion to adjourn from Pearlman, seconded by Powell. Unanimous

Meeting adjourned at 2 pm