Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): For Municipal Personnel, Board, Commission, and Committee Members

Municipal Training Norwich City Hall

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): For Municipal Personnel, Board, Commission, and Committee Members

Norwich City Hall
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Registration beings at 5:30 p.m.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW back to top

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.

  • 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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES back to top

Overview of the FOIA
     - FOIA - CGS Sections 12001241
 
Legal requirements for meetings
     - Identify the difference between a meeting and caucus
 
Public records
     - Maintaining records
     - Handling requests
     - What must be disclosed
     - What need not be disclosed
 
FOI Commission Complaints
     - Top reasons for complaints
     - How to handle
 
Penalties & Costs of Noncompliance
     - Criminal charges

WHO SHOULD ATTEND back to top

  • Board, Commission & Committee Chairs and Members
  • Staffs to Boards and Commissions
  • Mayors/First Selectmen
  • Town/City Managers
  • Town/City Clerks
  • Town/City Attorneys
  • Department Heads

CCM PRESENTER back to top

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.

COST back to top

  • Non-Members - $120 per attendee, (see registration info below)
  • FREE to CCM-Members, (see registration info below)

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