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FOIA: What Board, Commission & Committee Members Must Know

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)

April 26, 2011

Speakers: Henry J. Zaccardi

When:
April 26, 2011
Where:
Glastonbury Town Hall
Glastonbury, CT

FOIA: Are You Aware of the Requirements?

Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA ) details requirements for notice and access to public meetings, recordkeeping, and requests for information. It applies to all local government agencies, departments, institutions, boards, commissions, and authorities and their committees. This workshop is designed specifically for board, committee, and commission members. Attendees will learn about:

  • Three kinds of meetings recognized under FOIA
  • Requirements for public access, recordkeeping, and release of information
  • When can the public be excluded?
  • How to handle complaints

A Freedom of Information Commission report concluded that the FOIA is widely misunderstood and ignored by municipal officials. All board, committee and commission members need to understand the requirements of FOIA to avoid costly and embarrassing complaints.

CCM Presenters:

Henry J. Zaccardi, Esq.
Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
Mr. Zaccardi is involved in representation of public and private employers and nonprofit organizations in all aspects of labor relations and employment law.

Thomas A. Hennick
Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission
Mr. Hennick is the Freedom of Information Commission's Public Education Officer.

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