Executive Sessions And The Attorney-Client Privilege

History and current practice teach that public agencies too often abuse the executive session rules of the Freedom of Information Act.  In 1986, the General Assembly closed a loophole in the FOIA that made such abuse easier.  A new bill, however, seeks to reopen that loophole.  The new bill would undermine transparency and accountability.

Yesterday I appeared before the General Assembly’s Government Administration and Elections committee to testify in opposition to the bill.  The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, of which I am the legislative chair, strongly opposes the bill, as does the Freedom of Information Commission and several other organizations.

Click here to watch the CT-N footage of my testimony.  (It begins at 3:52:25 into the public hearing.)

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