Author: Mark Sommaruga

Can There be a “Meeting” Under the FOIA in the Absence of a Quorum? The Appellate Court Just Spoke (but stay tuned).

A common view has been that in the absence of a quorum, a “meeting” of a public agency that would be subject to Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) cannot occur. For example, the Connecticut Appellate Court previously ruled that a gathering of four members of an eleven-member board of selectmen to discuss procedural strategy…

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One more thing from the Connecticut General Assembly: School Construction Bill Passes During a “Special Session”

As you are aware from these pages, Connecticut’s General Assembly produced a plethora of bills affecting the schools during its 2019 regular session.  As they say in late night TV infomercials, yes, there’s more.  In a brief special session that was convened and adjourned on July 22, 2019, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill No.…

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The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting the Schools

The 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 5, 2019. The legislature passed significant labor and employment legislation that addressed, inter alia, remedies for sexual harassment and employment discrimination and increases in the minimum wage; these bills are summarized in posts on our firm’s labor and employment blog, Working Together.  In addition,…

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“The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Employers (Part Two)

As part of a two part post, we recently wrote about the passage of several bills of great importance from the recently concluded 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly addressing, among other things, remedies for sexual harassment and employment discrimination, increases in the minimum wage, and paid family and medical leave. The remaining…

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The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Employers (Part One)

The 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 5, 2019.  The legislature passed significant labor and employment legislation that addressed, inter alia, remedies for sexual harassment and employment discrimination and increases in the minimum wage; these bills are summarized in posts on our firm’s labor and employment blog, Working Together. Please…

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So You Want To Hire A New Superintendent: What Does The FOIA Permit (And Require)?

We are approaching a time of year where a board of education may have to deal with its long time and (hopefully) beloved superintendent deciding to retire or otherwise move on to another chapter in his or her life. Any feelings of sadness (or any other emotions) must be replaced by the fact that the…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Continues to Speak

At its March 25, 2019 meeting, the General Assembly’s Education Committee continued its hyperkinetic work by approving another flurry of bills.  The following is a brief summary of the bills that the Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at that meeting. CLASSROOM SAFETY AND SCHOOL CLIMATE: House Bill No. 7110 (“An Act…

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