This session the legislature may consider proposals from a 17-member task force on how to balance victim privacy and the public¿s right to know. The task force was formed under PA 13-311, which exempts from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) a photograph, film, video, digital, or other visual image depicting a homicide victim, to the extent that the record could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of the victim's or surviving family members' personal privacy. It also exempts from disclosure under FOIA (1) the portion of certain recordings or audio tapes that describes a homicide victim's condition and (2) law enforcement records, compiled while detecting or investigating crime, that would disclose the identity of minor witnesses. CAPTION: Parents and spouses who lost loved ones at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14 gather together at the Hartford Capitol to call on legislators to pass House Bill 6424. Mark Barden, center, and his wife Jackie, parents of Daniel Barden, listen to Dean Pinto, father of Jack Pinto, at a press conference to voice their collective support for the legislation that would ensure the privacy of crime scene information - including photographs and 911 tapes - depicting the gruesome circumstances of the tragic mass shooting that resulted in the murder of 20 first graders and 6 adults.
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