Connecticut Public Records
The Connecticut Freedom of Information Act (CTFOIA) are the laws defining public records and the rights of the people to access them and was first enacted in 1975.
"'Public records or files' means any recorded data or information relating to the conduct of the public's business prepared, owned, used, received or retained by a public agency, or to which a public agency is entitled to receive a copy by law or contract under section 1-218, whether such data or information be handwritten, typed, tape-recorded, printed, Photostatted, photographed or recorded by any other method."
Disputes or appeals relating to the availability or delivery of public record falls under the review of the The FOI Commission as part of the CTFOIA. The FOI Commission hears complaints from persons who have been denied access to the records or meetings of public agencies in Connecticut. Any person denied the right to inspect, or to get a copy of a public record, or denied access to a meeting of a public agency, may file a complaint against the public agency within 30 days of the denial. The FOI Commission will conduct a hearing on the complaint, which hearing is attended by the complainant and the public agency. A decision is then rendered by the FOI Commission finding the public
Agency either in violation of the FOI Act or dismissing the complaint if the public agency is found not to have violated the FOI Act. If the public agency has violated the FOI Act, the FOI Commission can order the disclosure of public records, null and void a decision reached during a public meeting, or impose other appropriate relief. In many instances, a hearing is not necessary as the parties are able to resolve their differences with the assistance of an FOI staff attorney, who acts as an ombudsman.
Brief History of Connecticut
The Connecticut region was inhabited by the Mohegan tribe prior to European colonization and the name "Connecticut" originates from the Mohegan word quinnitukqut, meaning "place of long tidal river". The first recorded European explorer was the Dutch Adriaen Block, and the Dutch had the first, albeit short lived, settlement near Hartford.
The first major settlements were established in the 1630s by the English. Thomas Hooker (I theology professor at Cambridge and am important political writer) led a group of Puritan settlers the Massachusetts Bay Colony founding what would become the Connecticut Colony; other settlers from Massachusetts founded the Saybrook Colony and the New Haven Colony. Both the Connecticut and New Haven Colonies established documents of 'Fundamental Orders,' considered the first constitutions in North America. This colony was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution.
There is very little information regarding the colonial economy of Connecticut. One can only really assume that agriculture and crafts, trade and so on were the early mainstays. IN the late 18th and early 19th centuries, insurance shipbuilding and whaling became the main industries of the state.
Connecticut is still known to this day as the Insurance Capital of the world with the largest concentration of financial and insurance services firms in the United States, accounting for 21% percent of the gross state product and over eight percent (8.62%) of the state’s work force, with high concentrations of financial analysts, underwriters, risk managers, and actuaries.
The agricultural produce of the state includes nursery stock, eggs, clams and lobster, dairy products, cattle, and tobacco. Its industrial output includes transportation equipment, especially helicopters, aircraft parts, and nuclear submarines, heavy industrial machinery and electrical equipment, military weaponry, fabricated metal products, chemical and pharmaceutical products, and scientific instruments.
- Capital City: Hartford
- Biggest City: Bridgeport
- Population: ~3.5 Mil
- State Bird: American Robin
- State Flower: Mountain Laurel
- State Tree: Charter Oak
- Nickname: Constitution State
Connecticut Government Info
Unlike most other states, Connecticut does not have county government. Connecticut county governments were mostly eliminated in 1960, with the exception of the sheriff system, which was replaced with the state marshal system in 2000. The territorial districts follow the old county territories. The judicial system is divided, at the trial court level, into judicial districts which largely follow the old county lines. The eight counties are still widely used for purely geographical and statistical purposes, such as weather reports, and census reporting.
When seeking Public information in Connecticut, you're best to make your initial inquiry either with the state or the county seat or the city in which your requested information would most likely be held. Vital records are reported to the state level:
Health Dept Vital Records
410 Capitol Ave., 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06134
Government Address and Contact Info
Executive Office of the Governor
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Southwestern Connecticut OfficeEastern Connecticut Office
925 Housatonic Ave, 2nd Floor
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Tel., (203) 336-8700
171 Salem Tpke.
Norwich, Connecticut 06360
Tel., (860) 886-0555
FAX, (860) 892-9038.
444 North Capitol St. N.W., Suite 317
Washington, DC 20001
Tel., (202) 347-4535
FAX, (202) 347-7151.
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
210 Capitol Ave - Room 304
Hartford, CT 06106