April 20, 2015
By: James Roscia
TALLAHASSEE — A measure before the Legislature would slap a “top secret” stamp on surveillance video held by neighborhood development districts but opposition is growing in Hillsborough County.
Tampa’s Westchase Community Development District passed a resolution earlier this month urging lawmakers to vote against the Senate and House bills, SB 962/HB 537.
The . . . → Read More: Bill would close access to some surveillance video
FLORIDA KEYS KEYNOTER AND REPORTER NEWSPAPERS
April 18, 2015
By: Anthony Cave
A bill that would exempt police body camera recordings from public-records laws under certain criteria is up for a third reading in the Florida Senate as Keys police agencies try to figure out their own body camera policies.
Florida Senate Bill 248, introduced by Sen. Christopher L. Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale), . . . → Read More: Police body camera bill that has public-records exemptions moving through Florida Legislature
April 17, 2015
By: Rhonda Swan
The Florida Senate is expected to approve a bill that would limit public access to video recorded by police body cameras. The measure is intended to balance privacy rights with public interests, but the public would get the short end of the deal.
Video footage would be exempt from public disclosure if the . . . → Read More: Police body cam videos should be available to public
Legislation currently under debate in Florida’s Senate provides overly broad exemptions to the public release of videos captured by law enforcement body cameras. That effectively undermines the stated intention of the cameras — to increase transparency and public trust in officers.
Video also protects law enforcement from false accusations of abuse and . . . → Read More: Scrap Florida legislation shielding many police body camera videos
Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet move to mediation in Sunshine lawsuit
TALLAHASSEE — After weeks of behind-the-scenes legal combat, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members will dispatch their lawyers to mediate differences with Florida news outlets in a lawsuit accusing all four officials of violating the Sunshine Law. (Read More)
Scott, Cabinet, news outlets head to mediation in . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet move to mediation in Sunshine lawsuit
FINANCIAL NEWS & DAILY RECORD
April 14, 2015
By: Max Marbut
Last week, Jacob Gordon from Camden, N.J., was selected by the committee to replace Terry Lorince.
However, the choice was discussed by committee members during telephone . . . → Read More: DVI will have ‘cure meeting’ to fix Sunshine Law issues with hiring of executive director
Florida Senate considers shielding video from police body cameras
TALLAHASSEE — As activists and law enforcement push for officer-worn cameras as a way to inject more transparency into policing, the Florida Senate is poised to shield those videos from the public. (Read More)
Smile, you’re on camera — almost
The Gimenez administration throws it weight behind a bill filed . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Florida Senate considers shielding video from police body cameras
April 13, 2015
By: Jeff Burlew
A bill that would allow certain police body-camera footage to be kept from public view is facing criticism from Sunshine Law advocates and others who say it would defeat the very purpose of the devices.
The legislation (SB 248), would make body-camera video exempt from public-records law when it is shot within . . . → Read More: Bill would keep some police body-camera videos private
PALM BEACH POST
April 13, 2015
By: Kristen M. Clark
WELLINGTON — Most of the Village Council and three senior staff members attended a social event last week at a private polo farm that one Sunshine Law expert said teeters on the edge of concern.
Bob Jornayvaz, of J-5 Equestrian and Valiente Polo, and International Polo Club executive John Wash invited the . . . → Read More: Sunshine expert: Wellington Council should be careful about social ‘gatherings’
By: Andy Reid
Palm Beach County’s Inspector General didn’t violate public access laws when holding closed-door meetings with local officials, according to the State Attorney’s Office.
John Bowers, a former auditor for the inspector general’s office, last week contacted the State Attorney’s Office with concerns that the meetings with groups of city managers and local business leaders . . . → Read More: State Attorney says watchdog’s closed-door meetings allowed