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March 10, 2016

Lawmakers Again Take Up UConn Foundation Transparency

After rejecting a proposal last year to make the flagship state university's nonprofit arm subject to open-records laws, Connecticut representatives are considering a new bill aimed at increasing the organization's financial disclosure, the Hartford Courant writes. Some lawmakers and watchdog groups say the measure, under which the UConn Foundation would remain exempt from sunshine laws applied to state agencies, doesn't go far enough.

The foundation has strongly opposed annual legislative efforts to subject it to state freedom-of-information laws, saying the potential loss of anonymity would deter donors. It is supporting the new bill, which would require it to make public a categorical breakdown of its spending and to dedicate 15 percent of new revenue to student scholarships and fellowships.