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Seized evidence should not be kept secret

We oppose Senate Bill 970, “An Act Concerning the Confidentiality of Evidence Seized in a Criminal Investigation” because it would deny access to records that are crucial for public discourse and transparency. The public has a variety of interests in the property seized in connection with a criminal arrest or pursuant to a search warrant — oversight of police, reviewing how and why certain conduct happened, and even education for public policy discussions.

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Don’t allow labor contracts to override the FOI law

A report from outside investigators last week detailing former students’ complaints of sexual misconduct against two Central Connecticut State University professors — and the university’s failure to take corrective action — highlights a blind spot in Connecticut’s Freedom of Information law. Mike Savino Specifically, the state allows its labor agreements to include language that supersedes […]