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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 18, 2016

Amid Push For Transparency, Few Colleges Reveal Investments

by Collin Binkley | Mar 18, 2016 2:48pm
Posted to: Education | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Media Matters | Taxes | Transparency

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 | Mar 16, 2016 9:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Media Matters | Transparency

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 | Mar 16, 2016 8:59pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Media Matters | Transparency

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 | Mar 15, 2016 11:59am
Posted to: Campaign Finance | Congress | Election Policy | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Media Matters | State Capitol | Transparency

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 | Mar 14, 2016 10:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | FOIA | Sunshine Week | Media Matters | Opinion | Transparency

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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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