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Local lawmaker discusses 'UConn Transparency' Bill

A compromise bill has been sent to the state Senate which would increase transparency at the UConn Foundation, the nonprofit that serves as the university's fundraising arm.  Kent state Representative Roberta Willis says the foundation's records would still not be subject to Freedom of Information laws, but a new report would be provided to the legislature.


The annual report would have to include an audited financial statement and details about the number and average size of disbursements to the university. 


The bill would phase out the university's financial backing of the foundation as the endowment grows.


The foundation’s records would still not be subject to state Freedom of Information laws.  University and foundation officials conceded to releasing the salaries of all employees at the foundation by their positions, as well as the names of the donors who do not opt out of being included in the report.

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