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Major reforms have made Connecticut’s government more transparent, but budget problems threaten to weaken oversight. Read more from SII State Reporter Paul E. Stern.
State integrity news for Connecticut, from the Sunshine Review:
The Connecticut media have successfully stopped an overly broad FOIA exemption from being passed by the legislature. The legislature had included a FOI provision on the omnibus bill that would have exempted any documents tied to private companies requesting public economic assistance.
Specifically it read: "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."
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State integrity news for Connecticut, from the Connecticut Mirror:
After holding numerous meetings behind closed doors to finalize details on how teachers and principals will be graded, the State Department of Education has said the public and the media can attend the sessions from now on.
"Something is different at this meeting. At this meeting -- in the interest of transparency -- the state department has invited the press to join us," is how Elizabeth Shaw, the state's consultant with Education First, started Wednesday's "working group" meeting.
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State integrity news for Connecticut, from CT News Junkie:
The Senate gave final passage early Wednesday to a bill reworking the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws, sending it to the desk of Gov. Dannel Malloy, who’s less than supportive of it.
The bill aims to increase transparency in the election process by requiring corporations to disclose their campaign activity. It’s a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations, unions, and special interest groups to funnel unlimited funds into political campaigns.
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State integrity news for Connecticut, from the Connecticut Post:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration Monday announced that a probe into allegations state workers fraudulently sought federal disaster aid after last year's severe weather has caught 42 workers and cleared 685 others.
An additional 86 cases are in various stages of review, with another 240 applications under scrutiny.
"There's a lengthy process, here," Malloy spokesman Andrew Doba said.
Read the rest of the story at the Connecticut Post.