Dangerous FOIA exemption ‘sneaked’ into Connecticut special session bill

12 Jun

A new exemption to Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act was “sneaked” into “implementer” legislation that will be considered in a special session of the Connecticut legislature today (Tuesday, June 12).

In dangerously broad language, it would make secret “all records” relating to deals the state makes in giving or loaning taxpayer dollars to private businesses. We don’t have to go back very far in Connecticut’s history to see how such arrangements can go wrong and why it’s important that taxpayers know when and how their money is being spent on non-government uses and whether it’s justified.

Here’s the exact language:

(27) All records obtained by a state agency or a quasi-public agency related to a request for assistance from a business or organization seeking to expand or relocate to this state, provided the disclosure of such records could adversely affect the financial interest of the state, the business or organization.

This is as outrageous an assault on the public’s right to know as one could imagine. Not only must it be rejected in its entirety, but we need to know and hold accountable whichever lawmaker and/or legislative leader drafted it and allowed it to be considered in a special session designed to handle emergencies. It’s fitting, I guess, that a proposal to keep the public’s business secret from the public would be proposed in such a secretive, underhanded manner.

UPDATE: At the urging of a coalition of Connecticut media organizations, the Malloy administration has asked the legislature to delete the proposed FOIA exemption from today’s special session.

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9 Responses to “Dangerous FOIA exemption ‘sneaked’ into Connecticut special session bill”

  1. Andrew Sistrand June 12, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    This is disgusting news, but am I surprised? Politicians and elected officials are perceived by the public as generally corrupt and untrustworthy, and actions like this proposed legislation only confirm our worst suspicions.

    Yes, I would like to know which legislator has proposed this provision. And I would be interested to know who donates money to his or her campaigns.

    The idea of a government of, by, and for the people has gone from an ideal to becoming a big joke, and the joke is on us—the people.

  2. Neighbor June 12, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Not just who proposed this, every legislator who votes for the bill.

  3. meridenite June 12, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Unbelievable what these weasel politicians will attempt when they think they can sneak items like this into legislation. How can we find out who is the author of this?

    • mattderienzo June 12, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      We’re trying to find out and will let you know when we do.

  4. ccp June 12, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    This attitude goes right up to the White House. Holder wants to decide what info he wants to release to Congress about his sale of guns to drug lords

  5. The Hawk June 12, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    It’s not only Conn. passing this type of dirt bag legislation.People better wake up as to what the Real Agenda is for this state. Not only is this kind of dirt bag legislation on a state level,it is also on a Federal Level, and Big Time.It’s all across the country People,and this bill is only a prelude,as to what’s to come.Other legislation being passed on other states and on a Federal Level,will make the hairs on the back of your necks stand up.

    In a few ,more years people,if you don’t wake up, as to really what’s going on here,you’re civil rights and every other, given right founded in this country by the very people who loved liberty,is going to be GONE,very soon.

    This state and this country are being run on a Extremely Corrupt Corporate Agenda.They’ll stop at nothing to get their points across.Which means the Corporations run this state and they also this country, not a real government, and it’s this type of dirt bag legislation that slowly worms it’s way in,to oppress american citizens in a round about way.Some people are so oblivious to it,that it gets passed right under their noses.

    You people, better take the cell phones growing out of your ears,look up from your Ipads, stop watching,American Idol,or Dancing with the Stars,and focus your Brains as to what’s really going on here.
    Your state and your country will soon be gone, and you’re going to wonder,what the hell happened.

    • Neighbor June 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      In addition, those running the Extremely Corrupt Corporate Agenda would prefer citizens vote the party that will simply hand over the whole shebang rather than the party that has to be bribed. Either way, the people get screwed.

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