FSNE 2016 Journalism Contest – Call for Entries!

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Call for Entries! The FSNE 2016 Journalism Contest is now OPEN for all entries. Start entering your best work today.

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KEEPING MURDER WITNESSES CONFIDENTIAL WOULD END “STOP SNITCHING,” SAVE LIVES

MIAMI NEW TIMES

February 2, 2016

By: Luther Campbell

On May 20, 2015, David G. Queen Jr., the son of community activist Tangela Sears, was gunned down in an apartment complex parking lot in Tallahassee. In the months that followed, Sears shared her pain with other parents whose children had been killed by gun-toting criminals. They’ve now formed an . . . → Read More: KEEPING MURDER WITNESSES CONFIDENTIAL WOULD END “STOP SNITCHING,” SAVE LIVES

Public records dispute escalates as School Board seeks decision against local man over requests

ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD

January 30, 2016

By: Jake Martin

The St. Johns County School Board has swapped lawsuits with Jeff Gray, a correspondent for Photography is Not a Crime, over the St. Johns County School District’s policy regarding public records requests and Gray’s alleged violations of that policy.

Gray, a father of three children attending county schools, contends the School . . . → Read More: Public records dispute escalates as School Board seeks decision against local man over requests

Ed Killer: Protect the bear hunter from privacy invasion

TCPALM

January 30, 2016

By: Ed Killer

These days it’s going to be pretty important to keep an eye on what’s going on in Tallahassee. And no, I’m not referring to National Signing Day coming this week.

If you are a hunter or a fisherman, there is a bill moving through committees in the state Legislature that may effect your . . . → Read More: Ed Killer: Protect the bear hunter from privacy invasion

PSTA ignores Sunshine violation and elects Rice chair

10 NEWS

January 29, 2016

By: Mike Deeson

The Pinellas  Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) ignored a flagrant violation of Florida’s Sunshine law by St Petersburg Council Member Darden Rice and elected her chair Wednesday morning.

Rice was first elected chair in December, but asked the board to reconsider and vote again following a10Investigates story about the Sunshine violation.

Rice admitted she and fellow . . . → Read More: PSTA ignores Sunshine violation and elects Rice chair

Secret-voter data bill, on shaky ground, is tabled a second time

TAMPA BAY TIMES

January 26, 2016

By: Steve Bousquet

Facing likely defeat, a Republican senator tabled his own bill Tuesday to make most public information on Florida voters secret. It was the second time that Sen. Thad Altman’s bill was pulled from consideration before a vote in the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee.

Altman’s bill (SB 702), a priority of . . . → Read More: Secret-voter data bill, on shaky ground, is tabled a second time

Aggregated Post: Bill undermines Florida’s public records law, opponents charge

Bill undermines Florida’s public records law, opponents charge

TALLAHASSEE – A bill to remove the requirement that judges award attorney fees to people who successfully challenge state or local governments for violating the state’s public records law unanimously passed a Senate committee Tuesday, continuing the fast-paced progress of a measure that First Amendment advocates say will “gut” the . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Bill undermines Florida’s public records law, opponents charge

Sheriff’s Office gets training, writing policies, hiring to improve public records retention

FLORIDA TIMES-UNION

January 21, 2016

By: Dana Treen

Training of roughly 200 supervisors at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in the handling of public records as well as other steps to improve a broken and possibly illegal system of not keeping emails are repairs Sheriff Mike Williams said have taken place since the problem was brought to the agency’s attention.

It . . . → Read More: Sheriff’s Office gets training, writing policies, hiring to improve public records retention

Plan to shield voters’ information stalls before first Senate vote

TAMPA BAY TIMES

January 20, 2016

By: Steve Bousquet

A Senate committee Wednesday postponed debate and the first vote on a controversial public records exemption that would make secret the names, addresses, birthdates, and email addresses of all registered voters on Florida’s statewide voter database.

The bill has drawn significant support and opposition and it appears to have been inspired . . . → Read More: Plan to shield voters’ information stalls before first Senate vote

Aggregated Post: Fee issue fuels public records fight in Tallahassee

Fee issue fuels public records fight in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE — With the backing of local governments, a House panel Wednesday approved a bill that would give judges discretion in deciding whether to award attorney fees in public-records lawsuits. (Read More)

Panel approves bill limiting fees in public records cases

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A bill that open government advocates say . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Fee issue fuels public records fight in Tallahassee