Connecticut watchdogs lose bite in super agency

Opinion from Hartford Courant:

The merger of the state's watchdog agencies is making no one happy but the people they scrutinize. One of the agencies, the Freedom of Information Commission, called the consolidation "the greatest setback for good and open government in recent years."

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislative leaders should rethink this mishmash. Connecticut's watchdogs need to be independent to carry out their missions, which range from protecting children to forcing towns and cities to open their records.