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.  At this time, there are no Contested Case Hearings scheduled through August 14, 2020.   The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program.

The Freedom of Information Commission will hold special meetings during the week of October 27, 2014 through October 31, 2014 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
 October 27, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2014-117 Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association v. Robert Powers, Director, Controlled Substances Toxicology Laboratory, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association v. Robert Powers, Director, Controlled Substances Toxicology Laboratory, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
 2:00 PM FIC 2014-013 James Torlai v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police
 October 28, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-275 Jacques Parenteau v. Attorney General, State of Connecticut, Office of the Attorney General; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Attorney General
 11:00 AM FIC 2014-049 Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
 2:00 PM FIC 2014-209 David Woods v. President, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
 October 29, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-106 John Hollis and David Samuels v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Adddiction Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
John Hollis and David Samuels v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Adddiction Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
 11:00 AM FIC 2014-272 Dawn Cantafio v. Chairman, Board of Education, Trumbull Public Schools; and Board of Education, Trumbull Public Schools
 October 30, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-144 Richard Saluga v. Chairman, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; and Town of Brookfield
Richard Saluga v. Chairman, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; and Town of Brookfield
 11:00 AM Art Reid v. Fire Commission, Town of Fairfield; and Town of Fairfield
 October 31, 2014 No Special Meetings Scheduled
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Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 27, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2014-117 Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association v. Robert Powers, Director, Controlled Substances Toxicology Laboratory, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association v. Robert Powers, Director, Controlled Substances Toxicology Laboratory, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services; and 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 October 27, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-117;
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association v. Robert Powers, Director, Controlled Substances Toxicology Laboratory, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
Docket #FIC 2014-118;
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association v. Robert Powers, Director, Controlled Substances Toxicology Laboratory, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Scientific Services
Attorney Kevin Smith appeared on behalf of the complainants.   Assistant Attorney General Neil Parille appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 12:30 PM, with Hearing Officer, Victor R. Perpetua presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 12:35 PM. 
Dated:  October 29, 2014
 October 27, 2014  2:00 PM FIC 2014-013 James Torlai v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 27, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-013;
James Torlai v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police
James Torlai appeared on his own behalf.   Assistant Attorney General Neil Parille appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 2:00 PM, with Hearing Officer, Valicia D. Harmon presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 3:57 PM.
Dated:  October 28, 2014
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 28, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-275 Jacques Parenteau v. Attorney General, State of Connecticut, Office of the Attorney General; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Attorney General
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2014-275;
Jacques Parenteau v. Attorney General, State of Connecticut, Office of the Attorney General; and State of Connecticut, Office of the Attorney General
 October 28, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2014-049 Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following consolidated matters for October 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM, was cancelled.  The complaint in this matter has been withdrawn.
Docket #FIC 2014-049;
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Docket #FIC 2014-050;
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Docket #FIC 2014-058;
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Docket #FIC 2014-059;
Edward Peruta and American News and Information Services Inc. v. Dora Schriro, Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; and State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
 October 28, 2014  2:00 PM FIC 2014-209 David Woods v. President, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
NOTICE:  The special meeting scheduled in the following matter for October 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM, was postponed.
Docket #FIC 2014-209;
David Woods v. President, State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut; and State of Connecticut, University of Connecticut
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 29, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-106 John Hollis and David Samuels v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Adddiction Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
John Hollis and David Samuels v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Adddiction Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on October 29, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-106;
John Hollis and David Samuels v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Adddiction Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Docket #FIC 2014-204;
John Hollis and David Samuels v. Commissioner, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; and State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The Complainants failed to appear.   Attorney Jacqueline S. Hoell appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:50 AM, with Hearing Officer, Tracie C. Brown presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 9:51 AM.
Dated:  October 29, 2014
 October 29, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2014-272 Dawn Cantafio v. Chairman, Board of Education, Trumbull Public Schools; and Board of Education, Trumbull Public Schools
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 29, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-272;
Dawn Cantafio v. Chairman, Board of Education, Trumbull Public Schools; and Board of Education, Trumbull Public Schools
Attorney Daniel Schopick appeared on behalf of the complainant.   Attorney Floyd Dugas appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken. The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:15 AM, with Commissioner, Christopher P. Hankins presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:49 AM.
Dated:  October 29, 2014
Date____________ Time___ Contested Case
Docket #
Contested Case Caption
 October 30, 2014  9:30 AM FIC 2014-144 Richard Saluga v. Chairman, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; and Town of Brookfield
Richard Saluga v. Chairman, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; and Town of Brookfield
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following consolidated matters was held on October 30, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-144;
Richard Saluga v. Chairman, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; and Town of Brookfield
Docket #FIC 2014-236;
Rich Saluga v. Chairman, Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; Board of Assessment Appeals, Town of Brookfield; and Town of Brookfield
Richard Saluga appeared on his own behalf.   Attorney Thomas W. Beecher appeared on behalf of the respondents.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 9:33 AM, with Commissioner, Matthew Streeter presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:00 AM.
Dated:  October 31, 2014
 October 30, 2014  11:00 AM FIC 2014-226 Art Reid v. Fire Commission, Town of Fairfield; and Town of Fairfield
An evidentiary hearing of the Freedom of Information Commission in the following matter was held on October 30, 2014 in the Freedom of Information Hearing Room, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, Connecticut.
Docket #FIC 2014-226;
Art Reid v. Fire Commission, Town of Fairfield; and Town of Fairfield
Attorney John Bochanis appeared on behalf of the complainant.   The respondents failed to appear.  No votes were taken.  The proceedings were digitally recorded.
The hearing convened at 11:24 AM, with Hearing Officer, Paula S. Pearlman presiding.
The hearing adjourned at 11:46 AM.
Dated:  October 31, 2014