Bill allows Newtown families to release records

AP News
Posted: May 22, 2013 6:51 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill crafted behind the scenes in Connecticut is requiring the written consent of family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims before certain records concerning the shooting, such as photos and videotapes, are publicly released.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office released a working draft of the bill Wednesday.

The draft says only transcriptions of any 911 calls related to the Dec. 14 shooting, not the audio, be released to the public for a fee.

A coalition of news organizations sent a letter to Malloy cautioning his administration and the General Assembly from restricting public access to information about what happened in Newtown or with other crimes, regardless of scope.

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Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane said officials are trying to address the privacy concerns expressed by some Newtown families.