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June 12, 2015

OP-ED | Keep An Eye Out for Mischief in Implementer When It Comes to Transparency

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 12, 2015 11:00am

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According to the CT General Assembly website, an implementer is a “bill that changes statutes to put into effect or ‘implement’ the provisions of the adopted state budget.”

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June 3, 2015

Bill Paves Way for Access to Arrest Details, Body Camera Images

by Elizabeth Regan | June 3, 2015 4:39pm

Elizabeth Regan photo Against the backdrop of civil unrest in hotspots like Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland, the Connecticut legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that would allow the public to look more closely at what happens when a person is arrested.

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May 29, 2015

House Sends Arrest Record Compromise To Senate

by Elizabeth Regan | May 29, 2015 6:40pm

Christine Stuart The House unanimously approved a bill Friday that restores public access to certain arrest record information.

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May 11, 2015

OP-ED | Restore Public Accountability Over Law Enforcement Agencies

by Mitchell Pearlman | May 11, 2015 7:44am

Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned some 20 years of Freedom of Information law when it concluded that police departments need only disclose a bare minimum of arrest information (name, address, date, time and charges) pending prosecution. This ruling applies even if other arrest information is not exempt from public disclosure. The Supreme Court majority itself, however, recognized that its tortured reading of the law is in need of legislative clarification.

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May 1, 2015

Amendment to Arrest Records Bill Catches Transparency Advocates Off Guard

by Elizabeth Regan | May 1, 2015 10:30am

Courtesy of CT.gov The head of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission was among those surprised to learn that a bill that would make arrest information available to the public was amended Monday by the Judiciary Committee.

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April 10, 2015

OP-ED | On Access to Police Records, the People Have Compromised Too Much Already

by James H. Smith | April 10, 2015 3:15pm

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Our state Supreme Court ruled last summer that all anyone needs to know is the name of someone arrested, the date, and where the arrest took place. That’s it. 911 tapes? No way. Crime scene photos? Absolutely not. Race of the person arrested? Nope. Criminal record of the person arrested? No way. Nada. Nothing.

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April 3, 2015

OP-ED | OMG! The OGA Was Such a Horrible Idea

by Terry Cowgill | April 3, 2015 5:30am

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When Gov. Dan Malloy and the Democratic-controlled General Assembly decided in 2011 to consolidate several agencies, including three of the largest autonomous watchdog units, and essentially put them under his control, he was met with cries of well-earned protest from open-government advocates.

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March 31, 2015

Bills Seeking More Transparency From UConn Foundation Die in Committee

by Elizabeth Regan | March 31, 2015 4:16pm

Christine Stuart file photo The University of Connecticut Foundation and its supporters appear to have successfully dodged another round of bills to require more financial transparency from the school’s nonprofit fundraising arm that yielded $81.1 million in 2014.

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Arrest Records Bill Stays Alive, Maintains Transparency

by Elizabeth Regan | March 31, 2015 5:30am

Elizabeth Regan The Government Administration and Elections Committee voted 9-6 Monday in favor of a bill written to nullify a Connecticut Supreme Court decision allowing police to withhold arrest information until criminal prosecutions are completed. The vote sends the bill to the floor of the House for consideration.

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March 29, 2015

Ed Committee Jettisons Charter School Moratorium

by Christine Stuart | March 29, 2015 8:48am

CTNJ file photo The legislature’s Education Committee removed language from a bill Friday that would have prohibited the state from opening new charter schools.

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