Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop Presented by Tom Hennick, Public Education Officer at the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission-Wednesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. (DeMayo room)
Join us at the library on Wednesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. for a workshop on the Freedom of Information Act.
Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act guarantees all citizens the right to have access to public meetings and public documents.
The FOI Commission conducts workshops around the state helping citizens and officials understand their rights and their obligations under the FOI Act. The workshop will feature a review of the basics of the Freedom of Information Act. Some of the topics that are explored include:
1) The definitions of public records and meetings.
2) How to manage requests for public records.
3) What are the rules governing executive sessions?
4) Does the public have access to all meetings and documents?
5) Are e-mails and other electronic documents available to the public?
6) Does the public have a right to speak at public meetings?
7) Can an agency talk about business not listed on its meeting agenda?
8) Can requesters take pictures of public records?
9) Can FOI requests be rejected because they are burdensome?
10) What is the process for filing a complaint with the FOIC?
The workshop at Hagaman Library on Wednesday, February 1 will be conducted by Tom Hennick. Tom is the Public Education Officer at the Freedom of Information Commission. In that role, Tom travels around the state, conducting FOI seminars and workshops, educating members of the public as well as public officials about their rights and duties under the Act. Tom spends a great deal of time on the telephone answering questions about the Act raised by the general public.
This workshop is free and open to everyone. Registration is suggested but drop-ins are welcome as space allows. If you would like to sign-up ahead, please call 203-468-3890.
Extra parking for evening and weekend library events is available in the East Haven Town Hall parking lot on 250 Main Street (across the street from the library), in the KeyBank parking lot next to the library (after 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays and after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays) and in the Stop and Shop lot behind the library, accessible from Messina Drive.