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Conn. FOI and privacy panel facing deadline

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A deadline is fast approaching for a Connecticut task force charged with finding ways to balance victim privacy with the public's right to know.

The group must report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by Jan. 1. However, the legislation creating the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know says the panel terminates on Jan. 1 or when it submits its report, whichever is later.

Hartford state Rep. Angel Arce has offered some initial ideas, including a possible compromise for handling 911 audio tapes. That has been a key issue in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Task force members met Wednesday to discuss Arce's recommendations.


The panel, meeting next on Dec. 17, has yet to reach consensus. One proposal would create a central repository for sensitive information about crimes. The data could be reviewed but not copied.

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