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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): For Municipal Personnel, Board, Commission, and Committee Members

Municipal Training WEBINAR

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): For Municipal Personnel, Board, Commission, and Committee Members


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


FOIA: Are You Aware of the Requirements?

Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) details requirements for notice and access to public meetings, recordkeeping, and requests for information. It applies to all local government agencies, departments, institutions, boards, commissions, and authorities and their committees.

  • Three kinds of meetings recognized under FOIA
  • Requirements for public access, recordkeeping, and release of information
  • When can the public be excluded?
  • How to handle complaints

A Freedom of Information Commission report concluded that the FOIA is widely misunderstood and ignored by municipal officials. All board, committee, and commission members need to understand the requirements of FOIA to avoid costly and embarrassing complaints.


Overview of the FOIA
     - FOIA - CGS Sections 12001241
Legal requirements for meetings
     - Identify the difference between a meeting and caucus
Public records
     - Maintaining records
     - Handling requests
     - What must be disclosed
     - What need not be disclosed
FOI Commission Complaints
     - Top reasons for complaints
     - How to handle
Penalties & Costs of Noncompliance
     - Criminal charges

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    • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers
    • Staffs to Boards and Commissions
    • Town/City Clerks
    • Town/City Attorneys
    • Department Heads
    • Board/Commission/Committee Members

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FREE to individuals who are elected, appointed, or employed by muncipalities that are CCM Members.

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Due to current conditions, CCM is not holding in-person trainings for participants in the CCMO program to earn credit hours. However, CCM would still like to provide opportunities to work toward completion in the program. 

Participants who attend the live broadcast of this webinar will earn 3 credit hours of Organizational Development. 



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