New Book Shares FOI Law 'War Stories'
Writing the book came at a busy time for Sommaruga. He was contacted about the project right after joining Pullman & Comley, part of a lateral hire of an entire team of municipal and school board lawyers from Sullivan Schoen Campane & Connon.
The task took several weeks and included researching some topics he had not previously explored. For instance, Sommaruga wrote a section on the legal requirement for public agencies to not overcharge for copies of records. Under state law, the fee for a paper copy can't exceed what it costs the agency to produce that record.
Sommaruga noted his book wasn't written as a money-maker, either. "This is being sold by the CABE organization on their website, and there is a reduced price for members. The main thing is that my fellow lawyers hopefully can be educated and entertained by what I wrote."
"Understanding the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and Access to Public Meetings and Records, Fourth Edition," can be purchased at www.cabe.org. The price is $9.95 for Connecticut Associaton of Boards of Education members and $17.95 for non-members.•