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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 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

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

Screenshot courtesy of CT-N

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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March 24, 2015

Hospital Transparency Bill Moves Forward

by Jordan Fenster | March 24, 2015 5:30am

Jordan Fenster State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require hospital executives to disclose the “salary, severance, stock offering or any financial gain” of its officers, board members, and senior managers when a hospital changes hands.

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March 20, 2015

State May Move Forward on Police Body Camera Pilot

by Jordan Fenster | March 20, 2015 12:00pm

Courtesy of the Hartford Police Union Flickr page A bill to study the use of police body cameras was forwarded to the Senate Thursday after a favorable vote in the Public Safety and Security Committee.

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March 13, 2015

Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Access to Arrest Records

by Elizabeth Regan | March 13, 2015 2:30pm

CTNJ file photo Less than a year after the state Supreme Court ruled that police could withhold arrest information while criminal prosecutions are ongoing, lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would essentially undo that decision.

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