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Legislature may mull data exemption for UConn Foundation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) State lawmakers may take another look at the University of Connecticut Foundation's exemption from the state Freedom of Information Act.

The Journal Inquirer reports state Representative Roberta Willis, co-chairwoman of the legislature's Higher Education and Employment Committee, said more needs to be known about the foundation's finances. It's the fundraising organization of the state's flagship university.

The foundation drew questions over a large increase in its contribution to UConn President Susan Herbst's salary and a speaking fee to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Willis, a Salisbury Democrat whose district also includes the Kent area, said one measure could require the foundation to publicly disclose expenses.

UConn Foundation spokesman Derek Slap said it opposes any changes that could limit fundraising. He says donors must have confidence their personal information will not become public.

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