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FOIA: What Board, Commission & Committee Members Must Know

May 31, 2012
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

May 31, 2012
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

Vernon Town Hall
Vernon, 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

Thomas A. Hennick
Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission

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