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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar

by Terry Cowgill | February 5, 2016 5:30am

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Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public.

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February 1, 2016

OP-ED | Fate of Norwalk School Board and Democracy Is In The FOI Commission’s Hands

by James H. Smith | February 1, 2016 3:00pm

The state Freedom of Information Commission will decide Feb. 10 whether allegations of discrimination and racism among Norwalk school board members should be made public.

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December 28, 2015

Outpatient Facility Fees To Be More Transparent With New Law

by Cara Rosner | December 28, 2015 12:00pm

Patients billed for a facility fee for outpatient hospital services will get a clearer explanation of the charge, under legislation taking effect Friday.

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November 9, 2015

Connecticut Gets Downgraded, But Maintains Passing Grade for Accountability

by Christine Stuart | November 9, 2015 5:30am

In a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency, Connecticut received a C minus from the Center for Public Integrity.

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October 6, 2015

Auditors Criticize Insurance Exchange’s Handling of Potential Data Breach

by Christine Stuart | October 6, 2015 2:00pm

Access Health CT's website It wasn’t until state auditors were about to finalize their report that Connecticut’s health insurance exchange presented them with the corrective action plan for a potential security breach that happened in June 2014.

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September 14, 2015

Supreme Court Finds Records of Arsenic Murderess Should Be Confidential

by Christine Stuart | September 14, 2015 4:33pm

The public notoriety of a multiple murderer doesn’t justify the release of her medical records, the Connecticut Supreme Court decided Monday.

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August 20, 2015

Education Dept. Releases SBAC Test Data Only to Local School Superintendents

by Christine Stuart | August 20, 2015 4:30am

Early Wednesday morning, Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Ellen Cohen sent an email to every school superintendent in the state to let them know not to share the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium exam with anyone.

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July 17, 2015

OP-ED | Progress On The FOI Front: Sunshine Is The Best Disinfectant

by Terry Cowgill | July 17, 2015 4:30am


While the freedom-of-information outlook has often been rather grim during the transparency-challenged Malloy administration, the General Assembly’s regular session finished up with some encouraging news.

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July 15, 2015

Lembo Launches Searchable Budget Transparency Website

by Christine Stuart | July 15, 2015 12:56pm

Christine Stuart photo It’s the second open government website state Comptroller Kevin Lembo has launched and it’s the first that allows the public to view — without having to download clunky PDF files — how the state is spending its budget.

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July 10, 2015

OP-ED | Charter Group Applauds Accountability in Updated Charter Law

by Jeremiah Grace | July 10, 2015 7:00am

Connecticut taxpayers invest in a number of public services that make our lives better — police and fire departments for our communities, public parks, roads, and mass transit, and the single most important investment: public education. Charter schools are a member of that public school system, and this year, state lawmakers changed the law to make them even better for taxpayers, communities, and importantly, the families who need them.

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