FOI officer says UConn trustees violated open-meetings law

Legislative aides push copies of Connecticut's budget plan through the Legislative Office Building, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing to reduce spending for next fiscal year's budget by $569 million. (AP)

HARTFORD (AP) — A hearing officer with the state Freedom of Information Commission has found that University of Connecticut trustees violated the law when they met in private last year to review the school's $1.3 billion proposed budget.

The Hartford Courant reports that commission attorney Lisa Fein Siegel said in her decision this week that the trustees had an obligation to discuss the taxpayer-financed budget in public before its approval.

Reporters were not allowed to attend the June 24 executive session that UConn officials described as a budget presentation. The Courant filed a complaint with the commission in July.

The full commission will consider Siegel's recommendation Feb. 24.

A UConn spokeswoman says the university believes the financial affairs committee conducted its meeting appropriately.