CFOG and CT SJP Host FOI Panel In Bridgeport

NBC CT’s Mike Savino and state Freedom of Information Commission staff attorney Mary-Kate Smith.

Thank you to state Freedom of Information Commission staff attorney Mary-Kate Smith, moderator Michael Savino from NBC Connecticut, and journalists Jacqueline Rabe Thomas of Hearst Media CT and Bria Lloyd, of Connecticut Public, for an informative discussion in Bridgeport on May 23 during a panel titled “Empowering the Public: How to Unlock Government Records.”

The panelists gave an appreciative audience valuable tips on using the state Freedom of Information Act to access public meetings and public records. They included how to negotiate with public officials for records, be persistent in following up on requests and how to file a complaint with the FOI Commission if their request is denied. Any member of the public can use the law to access government meetings and records from state or municipal agencies.
Fun fact: the state of Connecticut was the first government entity in the world to pass a Freedom of Information act…back in 1975.

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, of Hearst Media CT, and Bria Lloyd, at right, of Connecticut Public