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Conn. bill would keep some Newtown records private

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Advocates for public records laws say it would be another blow to government transparency if Connecticut officials pass a bill withholding some of the Newtown school shooting records from the public.

The legislation was privately crafted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office, the state's top prosecutor and legislative leaders. It would allow authorities to withhold photos, videos, recordings of 911 calls and other documents related to the Dec. 14 shootings, under certain conditions.

Relatives of some of the 20 first-graders and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say they don't want crime scene photos posted online.

Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists and Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission oppose the bill, calling it another effort by government officials nationwide to erode Freedom of Information laws.

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