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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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January 24, 2019

OP-ED | CCSU Report Illustrates Why Connecticut’s FOI Law Is Only As Good As Its Exemptions

by Mike Savino | Jan 24, 2019 4:02pm
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Labor | Legal | Media Matters | State Capitol | Transparency | New Britain

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A report from outside investigators this week detailing former students’ complaints of sexual misconduct against two Central Connecticut State University professors — and the university’s failure to take corrective action — highlights a blind spot in Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law.

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January 17, 2019

Coalition Backs Legislation To End Discrimination and Increase Prosecutorial Transparency

by Christine Stuart | Jan 17, 2019 5:30pm
Posted to: Courts | Housing | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Legal | Public Safety | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The ACLU’s Smart Justice coalition, which is led by formerly incarcerated individuals, wants the Connecticut General Assembly to pass legislation that will increase prosecutorial transparency and another that would end discrimination of formerly incarcerated individuals.

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December 12, 2018

Lembo Launches Pension Transparency Tool

by Christine Stuart | Dec 12, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: State Budget | Pensions | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — (Updated 8 p.m.) In 2018, most of the $2 billion Connecticut paid state retirees stayed in Connecticut, but at least $184.5 million went to 4,800 retirees who now live in Florida.

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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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November 27, 2018

Lamont Transition Gets Busy on Policy

by Christine Stuart | Nov 27, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Election 2018 | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol | Transparency | Windham

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Gov.-elect Ned Lamont wants input from a wide variety of individuals before taking office and putting together his first policy agenda and budget proposal. But the clock is ticking.

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November 26, 2018

OP-ED | The Amazon ‘State Secret’ and For Whom the Weed Tolls

by Terry Cowgill | Nov 26, 2018 6:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Corporate Watch | Economic Development | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | Transparency | Transportation

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Ever wonder why most of us don’t trust the government? At the moment, my own reasons have less to do with policy than with those in government who insist on secrecy even when it’s unnecessary.

To wit, the State of Connecticut and its reflexively closed-minded response to a freedom-of-information request for the tax-break package it had offered to Amazon to entice the legendary retailer into locating its second headquarters, known as HQ2, to Hartford or Stamford.

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November 21, 2018

Jepsen: Budget Bill Errors Identified By Nappier Don’t Change Legislative Intent of ‘Bond Lock’

by Christine Stuart | Nov 21, 2018 4:18pm
Posted to: Legal | State Budget | Bonding and Debt | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — Attorney General George Jepsen agrees with State Treasurer Denise Nappier that the General Assembly messed up some of the language referring to a bond covenant in its budget legislation this year, but he concluded that lawmakers could not have intended to violate their own rule three times on the last night of the legislative session.

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