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Thursday, April 24, 2003

If You Leave Voice Mail

If You Leave Voice Mail for Diane, it May Not Have to be Made Public
If youve held off leaving a voice mail message for First Selectwoman Diane Farrell because you feared it might become public, your concerns may almost be over.

The AP reports that the State Senate today passed a bill that would exempt public officials from having to transcribe voice mail messages to comply with public information laws.

In 2002, the state Freedom of Information Commission ruled that voice mail communications relating to the conduct public business are public information and must be retained.

But lawmakers said it would be too burdensome for public officials to transcribe voice mail messages.

Sen. Robert Genuario, R-Norwalk, said he doesn’t believe constituents think they are becoming part of the public record when they call a legislator or first selectman about an issue, according to the AP.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for further action. If the governor signs the bill into law, the change would take effect on Oct. 1.


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