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The Latest: Trooper contract passes despite FOI concerns

May 31, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Connecticut State Police contract (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Senate has given final legislative approval to a Connecticut State Police labor contract that raises concerns among government transparency advocates.

Lawmakers on Friday approved the contract, 20-16. It includes new restrictions on the public release of information in troopers’ personnel files.

Colleen Murphy, executive director of the state Freedom of Information Commission, says it could be interpreted to ban the release of any information from troopers’ files, including the results of misconduct investigations.

The state police union executive director, Andrew Matthews, says that was not the intent. He says there’s been an increase in false allegations against troopers and they want to prohibit release of information about investigations that clear troopers of wrongdoing.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano says FOI matters should be decided by lawmakers, not collective bargaining.

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5:43 a.m.

Government transparency advocates are raising concerns about a proposed contract for Connecticut State Police that includes new restrictions on the public release of information in troopers’ personnel files.

Colleen Murphy, executive director of the state Freedom of Information Commission, says the new contract could be interpreted to ban the release of any information from troopers’ files, including the results of misconduct investigations.

The state police union executive director, Andrew Matthews, says that was not the intent. He says there’s been an increase in false allegations against troopers and they only want to prohibit the release of information about investigations that clear troopers of wrongdoing.

The state House of Representatives approved the contract May 23. It awaits action in the Senate.

The contract includes a 6.5% pay raise for troopers over three years.

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