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Freedom of Information Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Booth, George


SC19852, SC19853 - Commissioner of Emergency Services & Public Protection v. Freedom of Information Commission (Freedom of information; administrative appeal; "The central issue in this appeal is whether the search and seizure statutes, General Statutes §§ 54-33a through 54-36p, provide a basis for an exemption from the disclosure requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (act), General Statutes § 1-200 et seq. Specifically, we must decide whether the trial court improperly concluded that the search and seizure statutes satisfy the requirements set forth in General Statutes § 1-210 (a), which exempts documents from disclosure under the act that are 'otherwise provided by any federal law or state statute . . . .' (Emphasis added.) We conclude that the search and seizure statutes do not meet the requirements set forth in § 1-210 (a) and, accordingly, reverse the judgment of the trial court.")