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.)