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Conn. Lawmakers Say They're Struggling With FOI Proposal

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Some Connecticut legislators acknowledge they're struggling over whether to support proposed legislation that would limit public access to 911 audio tapes, additional types of crime scene photos, and law enforcement audio recordings.

The legislation stems from recommendations of a task force that reviewed ways to balance victim privacy concerns with the public's right to know. The panel was created by the General Assembly last year in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Middletown Rep. Matthew Lessersaid he's torn over the issue. He said he's concerned some material would appear forever on the Internet.

Senate President Donald Williams urged his colleagues to oppose the recommendations, saying they aren't necessary. He said there are many instances in history where controversial images and recordings have led to public policy reforms.

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