Publisher suing city over records
The publisher of a local independent newspaper is suing the city of Pensacola over public records requests in connection with the city’s investigation of its top two fire chiefs. (Read More)
Editorial: Big win for public records at Florida Supreme Court
The Florida Supreme Court took an important step this week to preserve the constitutional right to inspect and . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Publisher suing city over records
April 14, 2016
By: Eileen Kelley
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund should pay citizen activist Curtis Lee tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees in a case that started over a bill for $326.
Thursday’s ruling was the second in a week to go in Lee’s favor and . . . → Read More: Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund must pay legal fees to activist for seven-year battle over records
Florida justices: Agencies liable for fees in public-record violations
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday issued a broadly worded ruling that made clear public agencies are liable for paying attorney’s fees if they violate the state’s open-records law. (Read More)
Justices: Public agencies found guilty violating records laws liable for attorney fees
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Florida justices: Agencies liable for fees in public-record violations
INDEPENDENT FLORIDA ALLIGATOR
April 12, 2016
By: Melissa Gomez
A student news organization is battling a Florida university for the right to know the names of Student Government officials in meetings and documents.
On Friday, Knight News, Inc., a student newspaper, won against the University of Central Florida in a court case that began in 2013.
In an opinion released Friday . . . → Read More: Students, newspaper sue UCF over records
HISTORIC CITY NEWS
April 9, 2016
On March 23, 2016, when Historic City News Editor Michael Gold was told by the City of St. Augustine that he would have to come to City Hall to obtain copies of interview forms completed by City Manager John Regan, no amount of reasoning could persuade the city to simply e-mail the . . . → Read More: FL FAF: Barrier to the right of access not authorized by law
April 6, 2016
Innocents Lost, a Miami Herald series investigating neglect and abuse in Florida’s child welfare system, took home another award on Tuesday.
The stories, investigated over three years, followed the deaths of nearly 500 children whose families had prior history with the state. The investigation uncovered the Florida Department of Children and Families and the . . . → Read More: Innocents Lost wins freedom of information award
NEWS 4 JAX
March 31, 2016
By: News Service of Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott has signed bills that will prevent the release of personal information about paramedics, emergency-medical technicians, state financial-services investigators and employees of agency inspector-general offices.
The bills (SB 592 and SB 752), which Scott signed Wednesday, passed overwhelmingly during the legislative session that ended March . . . → Read More: Paramedics, investigators get public-records exemptions
ST. AUGUSTINE RECORD
March 17, 2016
Today marks the end of a celebration of public access to government information.
Sunshine Week has been celebrated every March since 2005, due mainly to the work of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. But the participants are board-based and include schools, libraries, online and broadcast media, nonprofits such as our own League . . . → Read More: Editorial: Sunshine won some, lost some this session
March 18, 2016
By: Jay Meisel
SEBRING — Some people who call Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell on his phone may get a voice-mail message that he’s unavailable, but if he’s in a meeting he might be able to respond quicker to a text message.
Elwell said he’s aware that text messages involving official business are public records.
“I don’t . . . → Read More: Is a text message a public record?
March 17, 2016
By: James Call
2016 wasn’t a good year for openness; it just wasn’t as bad as previous years, according to the First Amendment Foundation
It’s like watching a slow-moving storm move in from the Gulf; the sun begins to fade and darkness descends on the shore. Florida’s tradition of government in the sunshine is slowly . . . → Read More: Closing the door on open government laws