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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides Says Reopening Council Must be Subject to FOIA

Posted on April 28, 2020 by admin



HARTFORD – The appointed council charged with coming up with a plan to re-open the state’s economy and public services including schools should comply with well-established Freedom of Information Act standards, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides said today.

She said it is not enough to set up a website and promise to make council members available on a regular basis to the public.

“This council is charged with coming up with policies to revive our economy and restore the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people and their families. The body must be subject to the full scope of our Freedom of Information Act starting with public meetings,’’ Klarides said.

“These decisions are too important to allow them to be shaped behind closed doors,’’ she said. “Unless Connecticut residents have confidence that its leaders are open and up front about what they are doing in what should be a truly public process, they will be skeptical about the outcomes.’’

There are nearly 50 people who have been named to the council from both the public and private sectors. Klarides said could not conceive of any downside to conducting meetings publicly, keeping a full public record of meeting minutes and correspondence among members.