Editorial: Connecticut should repeal law that weakens FOIA

During the legislative session that begins Thursday, Connecticut’s General Assembly will consider whether to uphold, repeal, scale back or expand exemptions to the state’s Freedom of Information Act that the Assembly recklessly passed last June.

Let us be abundantly clear: The legislature should repeal the exemptions and restore the Freedom of Information Act to its original, best-in-the-nation form, which was passed unanimously by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ella T. Grasso in 1975.

Last June, the legislature passed and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill, Public Act 13-311, that severely hampers the public’s ability to hold law enforcement and government agencies to account during homicide investigations and severely weakens the Freedom of Information Act. Continue >>>