Connecticut Lawyers and Legislators Debate Costs and Benefits as Policing Bill is Signed into Law

On Thursday Governor Ned Lamont signed into law “An Act Concerning Police Accountability,” after two late nights of debate in the House and the Senate. The legislation includes more than 40 substantive changes to policing in Connecticut, from new requirements regarding the use of lethal force to provisions for allowing civilian review boards on the…

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Connecticut FOI Commission admonishes municipalities for illegal meetings, illegal fees

hortly after the Bridgeport City Council’s budget committee opened its meeting last May, Councilwoman Jeannette Herron took up the first order of business with a directive to members of the public. “Okay, everybody out,” she declared. “Make a motion,” Council President Aidee Nieves said, followed by a city attorney saying something — it was partly…

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From Connecticut Council for Freedom of Information: Facing Hearing, Ethics Board Chair Admits FOI Violations

After a protracted mediation process and with the clock winding down to a Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission hearing, Newtown Board of Ethics Chair Jacqueline Villa admitted to violating the state FOI Act on two separate occasions, both involving illegal executive sessions — meetings with members of her board closed to press and citizens that should have been conducted in public.

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