NEFAC releases open government publication for June

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From New England First Amendment Coalition:  The New England First Amendment Coalition published its latest open government newsletter. In this issue: These Are Rough Times for Government Transparency in CT, AG Balks at Sharing Report on RI Inmate's Suicide with Family, MA Town Gets Little Info from State on Casino Plan, and Newsletter Sues Private VT Prison Firm for Public Records Access.

These are rough times for government transparency in CT

HARTFORD - In 1975, under the enlightened leadership of Gov. Ella T. Grasso, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a freedom of information law that remains a model today.

The original legislation proclaims "that secrecy in government is inherently inconsistent with a true democracy, that the people have a right to be fully informed of the action taken by public agencies in order that they may retain control over the instruments they have created; that the people do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them; that the people in delegating authority do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for them to know ...

Today it is that confidentiality and secrecy that is taking precedence in Connecticut's halls of government.

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Please see the entire issue here.

The New England First Amendment Coalition is a member of NFOIC. --eds