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.
April 3, 2015
by Terry Cowgill | April 3, 2015 5:30am
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.
March 31, 2015
by Elizabeth Regan | March 31, 2015 4:16pm
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.
by Elizabeth Regan | March 31, 2015 5:30am
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.
Tags: Ed Jutila, Richard Smith, James Smith, FOIA, arrest records, transparency, elizabeth regan, dh
March 29, 2015
by Christine Stuart | March 29, 2015 8:48am
March 24, 2015
by Jordan Fenster | March 24, 2015 5:30am
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.
March 20, 2015
by Jordan Fenster | March 20, 2015 12:00pm
March 13, 2015
by Elizabeth Regan | March 13, 2015 2:30pm
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.