Registration now open for 2015 Annual Convention

FLORIDA PRESS E-BULLETIN

May 20, 2015

Registration materials are now available for the 2015 FPA-FPF-FSNE Annual Convention. Join us July 23-24 at The Westin in Lake Mary. Register by July 1st and take advantage of special early bird pricing!

New this year:

Thursday night banquet
Following the Thursday night opening reception and silent auction, there will be a dinner featuring the 2015 . . . → Read More: Registration now open for 2015 Annual Convention

Annual Convention July 23-24

Hotel Deadline is Wednesday!
Rooms may not be available after July 1st

The deadline to make your hotel reservations for the 2015 FPA/FSNE Annual Convention is WEDNESDAY, JULY 1. After this date, rooms may not be available and the reduced conference rate is not guaranteed.

The Annual Convention will be held July 23-24 at The Westin Lake Mary. Register for the . . . → Read More: Annual Convention July 23-24

Nickens: Sunshine Law case brings positive change to Florida government

TAMPA BAY TIMES

June 26, 2015

By: Tim Nickens

About 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott’s office emailed to reporters his daily schedule, which is a public record.

Surprise. At 8:30 a.m., the governor would sign into law the 2015-16 state budget that the Legislature had just approved four days earlier and announce which projects he had vetoed. The Tampa . . . → Read More: Nickens: Sunshine Law case brings positive change to Florida government

Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet agree to settle Sunshine Law case

Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet agree to settle Sunshine Law case

TALLAHASSEE — With no acknowledgment of guilt and little discussion, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet agreed Tuesday to settle an open meetings lawsuit that will cost taxpayers more than $225,000 in legal fees. (Read More)

Cabinet agrees to settle Sunshine Law suit

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet agree to settle Sunshine Law case

Miller denies Griffin’s allegation

HIGHLANDS TODAY

June 24, 2015

By: Gary Pinnell

SEBRING — Supervisor Dick Miller had denied violating the Florida Sunshine Law, and will present his defense at the next Sun N’ Lake Improvement District meeting.

When Greg Griffin filed three harassment charges against Supervisor David Halbig, on April 23 the district’s public works director also said Miller made the statement, “I’ve . . . → Read More: Miller denies Griffin’s allegation

Taxpayers on the hook for more than $228k for Sunshine lawsuit, more to come

TAMPA BAY TIMES

June 22, 2015

By: Mary Ellen Klas

For the second time in a month, Gov. Rick Scott is negotiating a settlement to use taxpayer dollars to end a lawsuit alleging he violated state Sunshine laws.

According to documents filed in First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee this month, the governor is negotiating with Tallahassee attorney Steve . . . → Read More: Taxpayers on the hook for more than $228k for Sunshine lawsuit, more to come

Annual conference July 23-24

Colleagues: Please mark your calendars for our annual conference July 23-24 with FPA and FPF. We meet at the Westin Lake Mary near Orlando.

 The program will include sessions on “How to run a learning newsroom on a budget,” “The state of sunshine in the Sunshine State,” “Maximizing use of social media in the newsroom,” and “Where do we . . . → Read More: Annual conference July 23-24

Sunshine Law complaint in Mount Dora is baseless

ORLANDO SENTINEL

June 19, 2015

By: Lauren Ritchie

Ever wonder what it’s like to sit in the columnist chair? Here is Rule No.1 before touching the keyboard: Get it right.

Here are rules No. 2 and No. 3: Get it right. Get it right.

Not everyone is going to agree with a writer’s opinion, but no one should be able to . . . → Read More: Sunshine Law complaint in Mount Dora is baseless

Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet expected to settle Sunshine Law suit

Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet expected to settle Sunshine Law suit

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will be asked next week to approve a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that contends they violated the Sunshine Law by using staff members as “conduits” in discussions about the forced resignation of the state’s top law-enforcement officer. . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet expected to settle Sunshine Law suit

Aggregated Post: Scott, Cabinet to settle lawsuit filed by news media over FDLE chief’s firing

Scott, Cabinet to settle lawsuit filed by news media over FDLE chief’s firing

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet are settling a lawsuit filed by news media organizations, including the Orlando Sentinel, over the firing of former Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey. (Read More)

Gov. Rick Scott, Cabinet agree to terms to end Sunshine . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Scott, Cabinet to settle lawsuit filed by news media over FDLE chief’s firing

Scott hasn’t stood for public access to records: Editorial

ORLANDO SENTINEL

June 10, 2015

After Rick Scott issued an executive order on his first day as governor re-establishing the Office of Open Government, we said time would tell how sincere he was about standing up for Floridians’ right to know.

 

For one recent example, consider that state lawmakers just passed 20 new or renewed exemptions to the “Government . . . → Read More: Scott hasn’t stood for public access to records: Editorial