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House Bill No. 6774

Public Act No. 05-278

AN ACT CONCERNING CONSERVATION LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 1-217 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) No public agency [may] shall disclose, under the Freedom of Information Act, the residential address of any of [the following persons: ] its officials or employees, notwithstanding that such address is listed on a public record of another agency. The provisions of this subsection do not exempt from disclosure the residential addresses of elected officials or residential addresses listed on a grand list, tax delinquency list, elector registration or enrollment form, voting list or any record that is otherwise required by law to be disclosed to the public.

[(1) A federal court judge, federal court magistrate, judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Court or Supreme Court of the state, or family support magistrate;

(2) A sworn member of a municipal police department or a sworn member of the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety;

(3) An employee of the Department of Correction;

(4) An attorney-at-law who represents or has represented the state in a criminal prosecution;

(5) An attorney-at-law who is or has been employed by the Public Defender Services Division or a social worker who is employed by the Public Defender Services Division;

(6) An inspector employed by the Division of Criminal Justice;

(7) A firefighter;

(8) An employee of the Department of Children and Families;

(9) A member of the Board of Pardons and Paroles;

(10) An employee of the judicial branch; or

(11) A member or employee of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. ]

(b) No public agency shall disclose, under the Freedom of Information Act, the residential address of any federal court judge, federal court magistrate, judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Court or Supreme Court of the state, or family support magistrate.

[(b)] (c) The business address of any person described in this section shall be subject to disclosure under section 1-210. The provisions of this section shall not apply to Department of Motor Vehicles records described in section 14-10.

Sec. 2. Section 2-46a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, during any inquiry, investigation, impeachment or other proceeding conducted pursuant to Article Ninth of the Connecticut Constitution [that is commenced on or after January 1, 2004,] by the House of Representatives, all deposition proceedings and deposition transcripts, information, records of interviews, reports, statements, [depositions,] notes, memoranda or other data in the custody of or obtained or prepared by the House of Representatives, any committee established by the House of Representatives in furtherance of the purposes of said Article Ninth, the staff of the House of Representatives or the staff of any such committee shall not be subject to the provisions of section 1-210 until such committee transmits its final report to the House of Representatives, provided the committee shall have discretion to disclose any such information prior to the transmittal of the final report. Information provided to the committee by a public agency that is otherwise disclosable by the public agency pursuant to the provisions of section 1-210 shall at all times be disclosable by the originating public agency. Nothing in this section shall be construed to mean that any individual waives any privilege provided by law when providing a document or any other information to any such committee.

(b) Not later than [ninety days] eighteen months after the conclusion of the last occurring inquiry, investigation, impeachment, trial or other proceeding conducted pursuant to Article Ninth of the Connecticut Constitution [that is commenced on or after January 1, 2004,] by the House of Representatives or the Senate, any document, recorded data, information or other tangible materials of any kind prepared, received, owned, used or retained in the course of said inquiry, investigation, impeachment, trial or other proceeding, except those items that have been exempted from disclosure pursuant to state or federal law, shall be delivered to the State Library for preservation and archiving, provided an electronic version of such materials shall be provided to the clerks of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The State Library shall maintain the confidentiality of any portion of the documents, recorded data, information or other tangible materials delivered to the State Library in accordance with the provisions of this section that have been redacted by the House of Representatives for a period of not less than ten years after receipt of such documents, recorded data, information or other tangible materials from the House of Representatives.

Sec. 3. Subdivision (5) of section 1-200 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(5) "Public records or files" means any recorded data or information relating to the conduct of the public's business prepared, owned, used, received or retained by a public agency, or to which a public agency is entitled to receive a copy by law or contract under section 1-218, whether such data or information be handwritten, typed, tape-recorded, printed, photostated, photographed or recorded by any other method. Public records or files does not include the electronic mail messages of any member or employee of the General Assembly that relate to those persons whom such member represents or that are sent to or by such member or employee.

Vetoed July 11, 2005