May 14, 2015
By: Ryan Ray
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed into lawSB 7040, one of dozens of bills sent to the governor’s desk last week. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles customers who include their emails in forms and communications with the office will now be shielded by an exemption from Florida’s stringent “Government . . . → Read More: DMV-collected email addresses will be exempt from Sunshine Law
May 6, 2015
By: Beth Kassab
Politicians in Tallahassee bickered about almost everything this year.
Except when it comes to your constitutional right to access public information.
On that, they agree you should have less access.
Lawmakers did a lot of damage to public records this year.
They found 13 new ways to limit government transparency and renewed seven more exemptions . . . → Read More: Lawmakers quit early but still damaged public records
PALM BEACH POST
MAY 4, 2015
By: Tony Doris
WEST PALM BEACH — Florida is famous for its sunshine.
But in West Palm Beach, when it came to training city officials in the state’s Government-in-the-Sunshine law on April 24, the session took place out of the sunshine.
The city staff, including Deputy Administrator Dorritt Miller, at least three members of the . . . → Read More: West Palm officials meet privately about open-government law
PALM BEACH DAILY NEWS
April 25, 2015
By: Shannon Donnelly
Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, was the guest of honor at a reception to introduce the foundation.
The meet-and-greet took place March 31 in the Peruvian Room of Renato’s.
Tim Burke, publisher of the Palm Beach Daily News and the Palm Beach Post, was chairman for the . . . → Read More: First Amendment Foundation reception spotlights its president
April 24, 2015
On Tuesday, Florida House Republicans held a closed-door, no-outsiders-allowed meeting on the topic that looks like it’s going to send the Legislature into a special session: health care.
You may ask: Isn’t that illegal? Doesn’t it violate the Sunshine Law?
Turns out, the answer is no.
While the Florida Constitution requires all meetings between two . . . → Read More: Our opinion: Government in the sunshine?
TAMPA BAY TIMES
April 23, 2015
Bad legislation made marginally better is still bad legislation. The House should make significant changes today to a bill that would keep too many videos from police body cameras secret. As it stands, the legislation would undercut the very purpose of body cameras, creating more suspicion about police hiding incidents of excessive . . . → Read More: Editorial: Florida House should improve police body camera bill
Florida Senate votes to limit access to police camera videos
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Amid an ongoing national debate about police tactics, Florida may soon place limits on who is allowed to access video taken by body cameras worn by law enforcement officers. (Read More)
Florida bill would limit access to police body cam video
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Right now, . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Florida Senate votes to limit access to police camera videos
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