Aggregated Post: St. Pete Lawyer Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Whether Scott Violated Sunshine Law

St. Pete Lawyer Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Whether Scott Violated Sunshine Law

A Florida lawyer has asked a state attorney to conduct a criminal investigation into whether Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet and staff violated the state’s Sunshine law. (Read More)

Consumer lawyer files Sunshine Law complaint over FDLE fiasco

Matthew Weidner, a St. Petersburg lawyer . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: St. Pete Lawyer Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Whether Scott Violated Sunshine Law

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There’s a Lesson in Baileygate and Allegations of FDLE Meddling

SUNSHINE STATE NEWS

January 26, 2015

By: Nancy Smith

There’s an invisible layer of high-level government business conducted every day in the Florida Capitol, a subsurface of information-share that hums along office-to-office, out of the public’s earshot and out of the sunshine.

Some of it is constitutional, some isn’t. That’s been true for at least the last 25 years in . . . → Read More: There’s a Lesson in Baileygate and Allegations of FDLE Meddling

Court backs prosecutors on Michael Dunn’s jailhouse recordings

FLORIDA COURIER

January 22, 2015

By: Jim Saunders

TALLAHASSEE – An appeals court Tuesday backed prosecutors in a public-records fight with Jacksonville news organizations about access to recordings of jailhouse phone calls in the high-profile murder case of Michael Dunn.

The 1st District Court of Appeal upheld the process used by the Duval County State Attorney’s Office in reviewing Dunn’s . . . → Read More: Court backs prosecutors on Michael Dunn’s jailhouse recordings

Sunshine Law violation questioned in Santa Rosa

PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL

January 21, 2015

By: Kaycee Lagarde

A possible violation of Florida’s open government Sunshine Law is in question in Santa Rosa County after an item up for vote at the Jan. 15 City of Milton Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board meeting was allegedly discussed prior to the meeting by two board members.

Santa Rosa County District 2 Commissioner . . . → Read More: Sunshine Law violation questioned in Santa Rosa

Aggregated Post: Rick Scott says lost public records aren’t his fault

Rick Scott says lost public records aren’t his fault

Gov. Rick Scott has sent a warning to his former employees: You’re on your own when it comes to defending yourself in court over lost public records. (Read More)

Another Wrinkle In Rick Scott’s Public Records Policy

Gov. Rick Scott’s policy requiring state employees to act as the custodians of . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Rick Scott says lost public records aren’t his fault

Public trust at risk in court case over blind trusts

NEWS-PRESS

January 16, 2015

We believe the use of blind trusts by Florida’s elected officials violates the public’s trust and should not be allowed unless there is full disclosure of those financial assets.

A state appeals court heard arguments Wednesday on a challenge to a 2013 law that allows politicians to use blind trusts to keep them from tampering . . . → Read More: Public trust at risk in court case over blind trusts

Alex Sink: Cabinet officials are not telling whole story on FDLE’s Bailey

TAMPA BAY TIMES

January 14, 2015

By: Mary Ellen Klas

Former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink sent a message to her successors on the state Cabinet on Wednesday, admonishing them for allowing the governor to unilaterally make the decision to replace the head of the state’s law enforcement agency which under the Florida Constitution they, as a group, oversee.

“The . . . → Read More: Alex Sink: Cabinet officials are not telling whole story on FDLE’s Bailey

Morgan: Blind trusts put cloud over Askew’s Sunshine Amendment

TAMPA BAY TIMES

January 16, 2015

By: Lucy Morgan

The funeral for Gov. Reubin Askew was under way at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee in March when James Apthorp started thinking about Askew’s legacy and an effort by state legislators to dilute it.

“I was thinking about what was really important to him,” Apthorp recalled last week as he left . . . → Read More: Morgan: Blind trusts put cloud over Askew’s Sunshine Amendment

Editorial Cartoon – Jan. 8, 2015

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