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April 12, 2016

Body Cameras Will Become Standard, But Finding Funding Is Still Difficult

by Jack Kramer | April 12, 2016 12:10pm

Jack Kramer photo Body cameras will soon be standard operating equipment for all police officers in Connecticut, according to a group of law enforcement and freedom of information experts who participated in a Southern Connecticut State University forum last week.

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April 4, 2016

First Amendment Attorney Starts Open Government Site

by Staff Report | April 4, 2016 4:36pm

Attorney Dan Klau, a leading appellate and First Amendment attorney, launched a site Monday that he hopes will improve government.

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March 31, 2016

Judiciary Committee Approves Two Key Juvenile Justice Reform Bills

by Jack Kramer | March 31, 2016 11:00am

Christine Stuart photo The Judiciary Committee approved two bills this week in an effort to reform the juvenile justice system.

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March 25, 2016

OP-ED | Yes, We Still Need CT-N

by Susan Bigelow | March 25, 2016 10:00am

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Have you heard of CT-N? It’s that channel you flip past which is sometimes showing speakers droning on at hearings, and sometimes showing video of the empty senate chamber while classical music plays. Thanks to a debate over how to fund the network, people have been asking: do we really need them?

We absolutely do.

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March 22, 2016

Committee Approves Bill To Expand TV Coverage of State Government

by Christine Stuart | March 22, 2016 5:29am

Steve Majerus-Collins/CTNJ file photo The General Administration and Elections Committee narrowly approved a bill Monday that would expand television coverage of state government.

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March 18, 2016

Amid Push For Transparency, Few Colleges Reveal Investments

by Collin Binkley | March 18, 2016 2:48pm

Steven Senne / AP/ sunshineweek.rcfp.org BOSTON (AP) — Colleges and universities are under growing pressure from Congress and campus activists to reveal financial investments made through their endowments, but most institutions are standing firm against the idea.

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March 16, 2016

Many State Legislatures Exempt Themselves From Record Laws

by David A. Lieb | March 16, 2016 9:00pm

Julie Smith / News Tribune via AP / sunshineweek.rcfp.org State capitols are often referred to as “the people’s house,” but legislatures frequently put up no-trespassing signs by exempting themselves from public-records laws.

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How Open Record Laws Are Applied In State Legislatures

by Associated Press | March 16, 2016 8:59pm

hsunshineweek.rcfp.org Lawmakers in every state have adopted laws requiring most government meetings and records to be open to the public. But in some states, lawmakers have exempted themselves from complying.

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March 15, 2016

Even As Political Spending Explodes, Disclosure Remains Hazy

by Mary Spicuzza and Jeremy B. White | March 15, 2016 11:59am

AP File Photo / Andy Manis / http://sunshineweek.rcfp.org The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision effectively wiped out key campaign finance regulations that had been in effect for decades, so requiring more disclosure of campaign donors may be the only way for the public to have some control over political campaigns. Yet Congress and the states have shown little appetite to do so.

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March 14, 2016

OP-ED | Shine a Light on Connecticut

by Susan Bigelow | March 14, 2016 10:00pm

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There’s no disinfectant like a little sunlight, as the saying goes, and that seems truer than ever in our age where there’s ever more information but also a growing tendency of government to keep information out of public hands. That worrisome trend must be reversed if we’re ever going to get the open, accountable government that we deserve.

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