As Connecticut works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of the Freedom of Information Commission has begun returning to the Commission’s office on a limited basis.  However, the building continues to be closed to the general public.  During this time of reopening, a limited number of staff will work at the Commission’s office while others will continue to telework.   The Commission resumed its schedule of Regular Meetings on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.  Commission meetings will be conducted via telephone and teleconference until such time as restrictions allow a public meeting to be held at the Commission's offices.  Instructions for real-time public access to the Commission’s meetings will be published and included with each meeting agenda.   Additionally, a recording of each meeting will be posted on the Commission’s website.  Contested case hearings are scheduled to resume via telephone the week of August 17, 2020. The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program.

Notice of Special Meeting
The Freedom of Information Commission will hold special meetings during the week of June 11, 2012 through June 15, 2012 at the specific dates and times listed below.  Each meeting will be held in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, First Floor, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut, for the purpose of conducting a hearing concerning the contested case designated by the corresponding docket number listed below.  For further information concerning these hearings, please contact the Commission’s administrative office at 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106:  telephone (860) 566-5682.
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 11, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-027 Michael Place v. Deputy Director, State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch, Court Operations Division, Legal Services; and Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
 11:00 AM FIC 2011-700 James Torlai v. Legal Affairs Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
FIC 2012-040 James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-544 Zachary Janowski and the Yankee Institute for Public Policy v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development; and State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development
 June 12, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-453 Jack Smith v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department, City of Stamford
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-001 Roger Emerick v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
 2:00 PM FIC 2011-595 David Godbout v. Law Department, City of Stamford;  City of Stamford; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
 June 13, 2012 No Hearings Scheduled
 June 14, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-046 Claudia Bell Gwardyak v. Director of Finance, Town of Bloomfield; and Town of Bloomfield
 11:00 AM FIC 2012-037 Ed Schwing and the Haddam Bulletin v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
 2:00 PM FIC 2012-042 Lisa Lind-Larsen v. Planning Commission, Town of Redding; and Town of Redding
 June 15, 2012 No Hearings Scheduled
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Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 11, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-027 Michael Place v. Deputy Director, State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch, Court Operations Division, Legal Services; and Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 11, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-027;
Michael Place v. Deputy Director, State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch, Court Operations Division, Legal Services; and Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Michael Place appeared on his own behalf and participated via speakerphone.   Attorney Martin Libbin appeared on behalf of the respondent, State of Connecticut, Judicial Branch.  Assistant Attorney General Terrence O'Neill appeared State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:36 AM, with Hearing Officer Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 10:26 AM.
Dated:  June 13, 2012
 June 11, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2011-700 James Torlai v. Legal Affairs Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
FIC 2012-040 James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on June 11, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-700;
James Torlai v. Legal Affairs Unit, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Docket #FIC 2012-040;
James Torlai v. State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
James Torlai appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Terrence M. O’Neill appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:17 AM, with Hearing Officer Tracie C. Brown presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:20 PM
Dated:  June 13, 2012
 June 11, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-544 Zachary Janowski and the Yankee Institute for Public Policy v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development; and State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 11, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-544;
Zachary Janowski and the Yankee Institute for Public Policy v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development; and State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development
Zachary Janowski appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Lorrie Lewis Adeyemi appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:02 PM, with Hearing Officer Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 4:31 PM.
Dated:  June 13, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 12, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2011-453 Jack Smith v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department, City of Stamford
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was postponed.

Docket #FIC 2011-453;
Jack Smith v. Chief, Police Department, City of Stamford; and Police Department, City of Stamford
 June 12, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-001 Roger Emerick v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 12, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-001;
Roger Emerick v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health; and State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health
Roger Emerick appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Kerry Anne Colson appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:00 AM, with Hearing Officer, Victor R. Perpetua presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 11:50 AM.
Dated:  June 14, 2012
 June 12, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2011-595 David Godbout v. Law Department, City of Stamford;  City of Stamford; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 12,2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2011-595;
David Godbout v. Law Department, City of Stamford;  City of Stamford; Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
David Godbout appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Chris Dellaselva appeared on behalf of the Law Department, City of Stamford and City of Stamford.  Assistant Attorney General Stephen R. Sarnoski appeared State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:03 PM, with Hearing Officer Kathleen K. Ross presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 5:05 PM.
Dated:  June 13, 2012
Date Time Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 June 14, 2012  9:30 AM FIC 2012-046 Claudia Bell Gwardyak v. Director of Finance, Town of Bloomfield; and Town of Bloomfield
NOTICE: The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for June 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.

Docket #FIC 2012-046;
Claudia Bell Gwardyak v. Director of Finance, Town of Bloomfield; and Town of Bloomfield
 June 14, 2012  11:00 AM FIC 2012-037 Ed Schwing and the Haddam Bulletin v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 14, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-037;
Ed Schwing and the Haddam Bulletin v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Ed Schwing appeared on behalf of the complainants.   Attorney Melinda Decker appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:00 AM, with Hearing Officer, Lisa F. Siegel presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 12:30 PM.
Dated:  June 14, 2012
 June 14, 2012  2:00 PM FIC 2012-042 Lisa Lind-Larsen v. Planning Commission, Town of Redding; and Town of Redding
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on June 14, 2012 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2012-042;
Lisa Lind-Larsen v. Planning Commission, Town of Redding; and Town of Redding
Lisa Lind-Larsen appeared on her own behalf.   Attorney Matthew L. Stone appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:05 PM, with Hearing Officer, Clifton A. Leonhardt presiding. 
The hearing adjourned at 3:42 PM.
Dated: June 18, 2012