Watchdogs ask candidates to take FOI pledge

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sick of playing defense against efforts to erode the state Freedom of Information Act, an open government advocacy group has begun asking candidates to sign a pledge to support the public document disclosure law.

“Freedom of information and the public’s right to know about Connecticut state and municipal governments have been under increasing attack in recent years. So the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information urges you to take the Public Official’s Pledge for Open and Accountable Government,” Jim Smith, CCFOI’s president, said in a letter to candidates.

Smith, a former newspaper editor who heads the open government group, said he mailed about 360 letters Wednesday. The pledge letters went to every candidate for the General Assembly, as well as each candidate for the state’s constitutional offices.

The pledge asks candidates to oppose weakening the state’s public document disclosure law and require that any attempts to weaken the law be subjected to public hearings and debate before they are passed.

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One response to “Watchdogs ask candidates to take FOI pledge”

  1. EveT

    Good idea. Could appointed members of Norwalk’s boards and commissions be asked to sign this pledge?

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