Shortly after 1:00 a.m. this morning, the Senate gave final approval to a bill that substantially restores much of the public access to arrest records that was lost last year when the state Supreme Court issued a decision that held that the public was only entitled to minimal access to arrest records while a law enforcement action or prosecution was pending. The bill, which passed the House unanimously last week, now goes to Governor Malloy for his signature. (Read Jon Lender’s story in the Hartford Courant about the bill.)
“Trust but verify,” Ronald Reagan liked to say. He used the phrase in connection with nuclear disarmament negotiations with the former Soviet Union. I think the sentiment also describes the attitude we should hold towards our own governments–federal, state and local.