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March 18, 2019

Hartford, New Haven Schools Slow To Respond To FOI Test

by Christine Stuart | Mar 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Education | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Town News | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Transparency

HARTFORD, CT — Two of Connecticut’s largest school districts have so far failed to comply with requests for public information as part of a statewide test conducted by news organizations to mark Sunshine Week 2019.

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March 14, 2019

OP-ED | Gov’t ‘Trade Secret’ Exemptions Are Just Secrecy for the Sake of Secrecy

by Mike Savino | Mar 14, 2019 1:37pm
Posted to: Analysis | Data | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Opinion | State Capitol | Transparency

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I would be remiss if I let Sunshine Week pass without calling for an end to one of the least transparent practices going — trade secret exemptions for state agencies.

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March 11, 2019

As Measles Returns, Connecticut Offers Little Info About Immunization Rates

by Christine Stuart | Mar 11, 2019 4:59am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Education | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Health Care | Public Health | Religion

From the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention

HARTFORD, CT — When immunization rates fall below a certain percentage, vulnerable populations such as babies under six months or individuals with certain medical conditions are at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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March 7, 2019

What Should Remain Public Information In Criminal Investigations?

by Jack Kramer | Mar 7, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | FOIA | Law Enforcement

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HARTFORD, CT — Whether the public should have access to all evidence seized in a criminal investigation was the subject of a Judiciary Committee public hearing Wednesday.

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December 21, 2018

Public Hearing Transcripts Restored for 2019

by Christine Stuart | Dec 21, 2018 6:40am
Posted to: Equality | FOIA

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HARTFORD, CT — After eliminating funding for the transcription of public hearings in May, legislative leaders have reversed course and restored the money to continue the practice.

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December 10, 2018

OP-ED | Transparency Wins In Battle Over Sandy Hook Evidence

by Terry Cowgill | Dec 10, 2018 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Courts | FOIA | Law Enforcement | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Health | Public Safety | Transparency | Newtown | Privacy

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From Charles Manson to Richard Speck to Stephen Paddock, America’s fascination with its mass killers is almost boundless. It is clearly a human instinct to learn as much about the most violent among us as we can.

Is it morbid curiosity or a yearning to know as much as possible about the perpetrators so that we can see warning signs and prevent mass killings in the future? Are the media guilty of sensationalizing tragedy when we publish detailed information about gunmen like Adam Lanza?

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December 3, 2018

FOIC Still Fighting For Disclosure On Insurance Acquisitions

by Christine Stuart | Dec 3, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Courts | FOIA | Insurance | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 3 p.m.) It’s been more than a year fraught with legal delay tactics by the Insurance Department, but the Freedom of Information Commission is still trying to force the disclosure of documents connected to a pair of separate, multi-billion dollar acquisitions that didn’t go through.

Aetna was attempting to buy Humana, and Anthem wanted to purchase Cigna.

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September 19, 2018

OP-ED | Banned Books? Not So Much in Connecticut

by Barth Keck | Sep 19, 2018 7:59pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Education | FOIA | Media Matters | Opinion | Education Opinion | White House | Brookfield | Manchester | Stonington

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What’s a public library to do when a patron offers to donate a copy of Bob Woodward’s recent bestseller Fear, an account of dysfunction in the Trump White House? Why, it politely declines the offer, of course.

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June 27, 2018

Public Hearing Transcription Decision Postponed

by Christine Stuart | Jun 27, 2018 11:25am
Posted to: FOIA | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — Weeks after defending a decision to eliminate transcription of the legislature’s public hearings some legislative leaders were beginning to have a change of heart.

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June 7, 2018

Lawmakers Stand Firm On Elimination of Public Hearing Transcripts

by Christine Stuart | Jun 7, 2018 12:30pm
Posted to: FOIA | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — Good government advocates continued this week to criticize legislative leaders for ending the practice of transcribing public hearings, but at least two legislative leaders have defended it.

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