Advocates argue budget threatens Connecticut’s right-to-know agency

Both the state Freedom of Information Commission and the state's leading right-to-know advocacy group warned Friday that a proposed 20 percent budget cut for the commission — and the possible transfer of its public information officer into Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office — could greatly weaken state government transparency.

But the Senate chair of the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee, West Hartford Democrat Beth Bye, warned that the FOIC’s funding is far from settled, and many alternatives remain on the table.


NEFAC extends deadline for Citizen Right to Know and FOI awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The New England First Amendment Coalition is extending to Jan. 14 the entry deadline on new awards to private citizens and professional journalists who advanced the public's right to know in 2012.

Rosanna Cavanagh, NEFAC executive director, said the fact the awards were introduced only last month and the amount of interest displayed across the region prompted many requests for an extension.