July 17, 2015
by Terry Cowgill | July 17, 2015 5:30am
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
by Christine Stuart | July 15, 2015 1:56pm
July 10, 2015
by Jeremiah Grace | July 10, 2015 8:00am
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.
July 6, 2015
by Elizabeth Regan | July 6, 2015 4:52pm
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill late last week to bring arrest details to light as part of the state’s sunshine law ensuring public access to government records and proceedings.
June 12, 2015
by Sarah Darer Littman | June 12, 2015 11:00am
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.”
June 3, 2015
by Elizabeth Regan | June 3, 2015 4:39pm
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.
May 29, 2015
by Elizabeth Regan | May 29, 2015 6:40pm
May 11, 2015
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.
May 1, 2015
by Elizabeth Regan | May 1, 2015 10:30am
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.
April 10, 2015
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.