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Final Decision FIC2014-185
In the Matter of a Complaint by
FINAL DECISION
Troy Artis,
     Complainant
     against
Docket #FIC 2014-185
William Faneuff, Deputy Warden of
Operation, State of Connecticut,
MacDougall-Walker Correctional
Institution, Department of Correction;
and State of Connecticut, Department
of Correction.
     Respondents
October 22, 2014

     The above-captioned matter was heard as a contested case on September 15, 2014, at which time the complainant and the respondents appeared, stipulated to certain facts, and presented testimony, exhibits and argument on the complaint.   The complainant, who is incarcerated, appeared via teleconference, pursuant to the January 2004 memorandum of understanding between the Commission and the Department of Correction.  See Docket No. CV 03-0826293, Anthony Sinchak v. FOIC et al, Superior Court, J.D. of Hartford at Hartford, Corrected Order dated January 27, 2004 (Sheldon, J.).
     After consideration of the entire record, the following facts are found and conclusions of law are reached:
     1.  The respondents are public agencies within the meaning of §1-200(1), G.S.
     2.  By letter of complaint filed April 2, 2014, the complainant appealed to the Commission, alleging that the respondents violated the Freedom of Information (“FOI”) Act by denying his March 10, 2014 request for certain public records, and requesting the imposition of a civil penalty.
     3.  It is found that, by application dated March 10, 2014 to the respondent Deputy Warden, the complainant requested:
... a copy of notice to inmate population for authorization by Commissioner James E. Dzurenda of sneakers with “air bubbles” not allowed or can not be approved in any [Department of Correction] facility in the State of Connecticut. I am also requesting the new [Administrative Directive] 6.10 section footwear stating no “air bubbles” footwear.
     4.  Section 1-200(5), G.S., provides:
    “Public records or files” means any recorded data or information relating to the conduct of the public's business prepared, owned, used, received or retained by a public agency, or to which a public agency is entitled to receive a copy by law or contract under section 1-218, whether such data or information be handwritten, typed, tape-recorded, printed, photostated, photographed or recorded by any other method.
     5.  Section 1-210(a), G.S., provides in relevant part:
Except as otherwise provided by any federal law or state statute, all records maintained or kept on file by any public agency, whether or not such records are required by any law or by any rule or regulation, shall be public records and every person shall have the right to (1) inspect such records promptly during regular office or business hours, (2) copy such records in accordance with subsection (g) of section 1-212, or (3) receive a copy of such records in accordance with section 1-212.
     6.  Section 1-212(a)(1), G.S., provides in relevant part: “Any person applying in writing shall receive, promptly upon request, a plain or certified copy of any public record.” 
     7.  It is found that the respondents conducted a search for the records described in paragraph 3, above, and that those records do not exist.
     8.  It is therefore concluded that the respondents did not violate the FOI Act as alleged.

     The following order by the Commission is hereby recommended on the basis of the record concerning the above-captioned complaint:
     1.  The complaint is dismissed.
Approved by Order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of October 22, 2014.
__________________________
Cynthia A. Cannata
Acting Clerk of the Commission

PURSUANT TO SECTION 4-180(c), G.S., THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF EACH PARTY AND THE MOST RECENT MAILING ADDRESS, PROVIDED TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION, OF THE PARTIES OR THEIR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE.
THE PARTIES TO THIS CONTESTED CASE ARE:
Troy Artis #154149
MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution
1153 East Street South
Suffield, CT  06080
William Faneuff, Deputy Warden of Operation, State of Connecticut,
MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Department of Correction;
and State of Connecticut, Department of Correction
c/o James Neil, Esq.
24 Wolcott Hill Road
Wethersfield, CT  06109
____________________________
Cynthia A. Cannata
Acting Clerk of the Commission

FIC/2014-185/FD/cac/10/22/2014