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 resumed via telephone the week of August 17, 2020. The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program.

The FOI Act

This compilation of the Freedom of Information Act is unofficial and for the convenience of the public only. While every effort was made to attain complete accuracy herein, the reader is advised to consult the Connecticut General Statutes for the official codification of the law.

2019 FOI Act - Entire Act

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2019 FOI Act Index

  Section 1-200 (Formerly Sec. 1-18a) - Definitions.
  Section 1-201 (Formerly Sec. 1-19c) - Division of Criminal Justice deemed not to be public agency, when.
Section 1-202 (Formerly Sec. 1-20e) - Application of freedom of information provisions to agency committee composed entirely of individuals who are not members of the agency.
  Secs. 1-203 and 1-204 Reserved for future use.
  Section 1-205. (Formerly Sec. 1-21j) - Freedom of Information Commission.
Section 1-205a. Recommended appropriations.  Allotments.
  Section 1-206. (Formerly Sec. 1-21i) - Denial of access to public records or meetings.  Appeals.  Notice.  Orders.  Civil penalty.  Petition for relief from vexatious requester. Service of process upon commission.  Frivolous appeals. Appeal re state hazardous waste program records.
  Secs. 1-207 to 1-209. Reserved for future use.
  Section 1-210. (Formerly Sec. 1-19) - Access to public records. Exempt records.
  Section 1-211. (Formerly Sec. 1-19a) - Disclosure of computer-stored public records. Contracts.  Acquisition of system, equipment, software to store or retrieve nonexempt public records.
  Section 1-212 (Formerly Sec. 1-15.) - Copies and scanning of public records.  Fees.
  Sec. 1-213. (Formerly Sec. 1-19b) - Agency administration. Disclosure of personnel, birth and tax records. Disclosure of voice mails by public agencies. Judicial records and proceedings.
  Sec. 1-214 (Formerly Sec. 1-20a) - Public employment contracts as public record. Agency response to request for disclosure of personnel or medical files. Objection to disclosure.
  Sec. 1-214a - Disclosure of public agency termination, suspension or separation agreement containing confidentiality provision.
  Sec. 1-215 (Formerly Sec. 1-20b) - Record of an arrest as public record. Prohibition on redaction. Exemptions. Disclosure of other law enforcement records. Notice to state’s attorney.  Applicability of section.
  Sec. 1-216. (Formerly Sec. 1-20c) - Review and destruction of records consisting of uncorroborated allegations of criminal activity.
  Sec. 1-217 - (Formerly Sec. 1-20f) - Nondisclosure of residential addresses of certain individuals. Written request for nondisclosure. Redaction. Exceptions. Liability of public agency, public official or employee for violation. Hearing. Penalty.
  Sec. 1-218 - Certain contracts for performance of governmental functions.  Records and files subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
  Sec. 1-219 - Veterans' military records.
  Secs. 1-220 to 1-224 - Reserved for future use.
  Sec. 1-225 (Formerly Sec. 1-21) - Meetings of government agencies to be public.  Recording of votes.  Schedule and agenda of certain meetings to be filed and posted on web sites.  Notice of special meetings.  Executive sessions. 
  Sec. 1-226 (Formerly Sec. 1-21a) - Recording, broadcasting or photographing meetings.
  Sec. 1-227 (Formerly Sec.  1-21c) - Mailing of notice of meetings to persons filing written request. Fees.
  Sec. 1-228 (Formerly Sec. 1-21d) - Adjournment of meetings.  Notice.
  Sec. 1-229 (Formerly Sec. 1-21e) - Continued hearings.  Notice.
  Sec. 1-230 (Formerly Sec. 1-21f) - Regular meetings to be held pursuant to regulation, ordinance or resolution.
  Sec. 1-231 (Formerly Sec. 1-21g) - Executive sessions.
  Sec. 1-232 (Formerly Sec. 1-21h) - Conduct of meetings.
  Secs. 1-233 to 1-239 - Reserved for future use.
  Sec. 1-240 (Formerly Sec. 1-21k) - Penalties.
  Sec. 1-241 (Formerly Sec. 1-21l) - Injunctive relief from frivolous, unreasonable or harassing freedom of information appeals.
  Sec. 1-242 - Actions involving provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.  Notice of litigation to the Freedom of Information Commission.  Intervention by commission.
  Secs. 1-243 to 1-259 - Reserved for future use.