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Proposed Bill No. 5354

 

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 655

 

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Referred to Committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. DUNSBY, 135th Dist.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT APPEALS.

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

That section 1-206 of the general statutes be amended to (1) require any person who is not indigent to pay a one hundred twenty-five dollar fee for filing a second or subsequent notice of appeal per calendar year with the Freedom of Information Commission for denial of a right granted under chapter 14 of the general statutes, provided such fee shall be refunded if the appeal is withdrawn prior to a hearing or if such person prevails in his or her appeal, and (2) give the Freedom of Information of Commission the power to (A) require a complainant to participate in mandatory mediation, and (B) dismiss the appeal after notice and an opportunity for a hearing if the complainant refuses to negotiate in good faith to resolve the complaint.

Statement of Purpose:

To reduce frivolous complaints under the Freedom of Information Act.