Tampa International Airport’s ex-lawyer being investigated for possible Sunshine Law violation
TAMPA — The Florida Bar is investigating whether former Hillsborough County Aviation Authority attorney Gigi Rechel, who abruptly resigned Thursday, violated the state’s Sunshine Law governing open public records. (Read More)
Recently departed TIA general counsel under investigation for violating Sunshine Law
A day after Ginger Rechel abruptly announced her . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Tampa International Airport’s ex-lawyer being investigated for possible Sunshine Law violation
October 15, 2014
By: Fred Grimm
It was more like a poor attempt at abstract art than a public record disclosure. Not that it didn’t reflect a laborious undertaking. Some Florida Department of Corrections bureaucrat, Sharpie in hand, must have risked carpal tunnel syndrome as he blotted out all the pertinent information about a prison inmate’s death.
My . . . → Read More: Fred Grimm: Clouds obscure our government in the sunshine
October 15, 2015
By: Sandra Averhart
The First Amendment Foundation is working to build on the legacy of former Florida Governor Reubin Askew, who was a champion of open, ethical government and was one of the most active supporters of the state’s 1967 Sunshine Law.
The organization conducts Sunshine monitoring of state and local government agencies; staffs a Freedom of Information . . . → Read More: Sunshine Law Champion Says Open Government Essential
October 15, 2014
By: James L. Rosica
TALLAHASSEE — A legal dispute over a write-in candidate’s ouster continues to loom over the race for House District 64 between incumbent Jamie Grant and challenger Miriam Steinberg, both Republicans.
But both candidates say they’ve been campaigning as usual.
Grant — a 31-year-old tech entrepreneur — said he is confident his conservative stands align . . . → Read More: Steinberg takes on incumbent Grant for Florida House District 64 seat
TAMPA BAY TIMES
October 15, 2014
The University of Florida made a bold statement about its high aspirations Wednesday by selecting as its next president W. Kent Fuchs, provost of the Ivy League’s Cornell University. UF wants to vault into the elite top 10 of public universities, and hiring a high-powered academic with a proven track record is . . . → Read More: Editorial: Excellent choice to lead UF
Rick Scott Asks Judge to Rule on His Gmail Records After the Election
On the eve of the second gubernatorial debate, Rick Scott is suddenly mired in several lawsuits that are asking him to simply be transparent about how much money he’s really making and where exactly he’s earning his money. Particularly, if that earned money is coming from . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Rick Scott Asks Judge to Rule on His Gmail Records After the Election
Scott’s lawyers ask California judge to rule on Gmail records after election
TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott’s lawyers have asked a judge in California to wait until after the election to decide whether Google can release details about the Gmail accounts used by the governor and two former members of his staff. (Read More)
Gov. Scott’s lawyers ask California . . . → Read More: Aggregated Story: Scott’s lawyers ask California judge to rule on Gmail records after election
THE INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
October 13, 2014
In the technological age of the 21st century, access to public records and information should be a fairly straightforward and efficient process. Unfortunately, in Florida, the methods of obtaining public information are anything but.
Last year, the Center for Public Integrity, a journalistic watchdog group, requested information from Florida’s 17th Judicial Circuit about . . . → Read More: Florida public records fees must be kept in check
NBC 6 SOUTH FLORIDA
October 12, 2014
The lack of disclosure makes it difficult for Floridians to know clearly how businesses that are acting on behalf of their taxpayer-supported universities are spending money.
The business of Florida’s 12 public universities is supposed to be public like any other state agency. Salaries, contracts, policies and other university business records . . . → Read More: Colleges Duck Public Records Law Via Corporations
MIAMI HERALD BLOG
October 9, 2014
By: Rochelle Koff
State agencies often charge for public records, but one news organization encountered sticker shock when it received the bill for its request. Florida’s 17th judicial circuit court charged the Center for Public Integrity $132,348 for records regarding the procedures and policies surrounding foreclosure cases last summer
A story from the investigative news . . . → Read More: Public records made available, but at a whopping $132,348