The leader of the Connecticut Senate is criticizing a legislative effort to restrict public access to law enforcement records, such as the 911 recordings that traditionally have been available to the public, reports the Hartford Courant. A state task force on privacy issued a report to legislative leaders on Jan. 24 recommending that 911 emergency calls and other records be made exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act.
Senate leader Donald Williams, a Democrat, says he opposes key recommendations in the report, including curtailing access to 911 recordings. The 17-member task force was secretly appointed in a bill that grew out of the Sandy Hook school shooting. It was asked to study how to spare victims’ families further agony through release of certain details about crimes. The task force voted 15-2 in favor of its report recommending the crimping of public information.