A terrible decision restricting open access to records and meetings. There already is enough in our FOIA Act to disallow names/addresses of permit holders under the "privacy" exemption in the 29-28 statue.
Now, no meeting agendas are going to be posted, changing over 30 years of law and violating CGS Sec. 1-225 provisions?
Logically then, the BFPE meetings must be closed to the public, as you said. But then how can the public know of injustices?
I prefer open records and meetings ... yes, people will not be happy that their permit status would be disclosed ... maybe then they'll argue for constitutional carry.
It also appears from the Prescott decision that people who apply and get denied -- their applications are available under FOIA.
Its a bad ruling that will be overturned. Like the federal driver's license privacy act, once one wishes to contest a ticket and goes to court, the act's privacy provisions evaporate in respect to BFPE meetings.
So is the privacy meant to cover those that apply without regard to being approved or not or do only those people who get approved have their privacy intact? According to Prescott, only those that get approved are due privacy...
Oddly, the ruling speaks nothing of open meetings directly ...
And how is one going to know when a person's application has a final denial decision?
Its a bad decision that was not well thought out ~ I understand the theory behind it but the legislature has been aware of the statue and, as Prescott noted, has not changed the open meetings or open records provisions of our FOIA Act or other laws...he is legislating from the bench IMO.