FOI officer says UConn trustees violated open-meetings law

UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A hearing officer with the state Freedom of Information Commission has found that University of Connecticut trustees violated the law when they met in private last year to review the school’s $1.3 billion proposed budget.

The Hartford Courant reports that commission attorney Lisa Fein Siegel said in her decision this week that the trustees had an obligation to discuss the taxpayer-financed budget in public before its approval.

Reporters were not allowed to attend the June 24 executive session that UConn officials described as a budget presentation. The Courant filed a complaint with the commission in July.

The full commission will consider Siegel’s recommendation Feb. 24.

A UConn spokeswoman says the university believes the financial affairs committee conducted its meeting appropriately.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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