Conn. agencies fail access test





CONNECTICUT ' According to a study released in November, only 10 of 68 state agencies complied with public records requests guaranteed by the state Freedom of Information Act.

The study was conducted by 23 Southern Connecticut State University journalism students, who asked for work-attendance records for the highest-paid or top officials at state agencies. The state supreme court previously ruled that work-attendance records are public information.

Tom Hennick of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission attributed much of the non-compliance with forces outside the agencies.

'Because of building security, many students couldn't get into the offices,' Hennick said.

Not allowing citizens into state agencies because of building security is now a concern of the commission. In response to the study, Hennick said, three agencies have contacted him about educating building safety personnel about access laws.


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