SUNSHINE WEEK ADVISORY

Editors – The Florida Society of News Editors has organized a major package of stories for Sunshine Week, which begins March 15. Stories will move on The Associated Press Florida wire in advance and will also be available at the FSNE website,www.fsne.org, along with columns, graphics and editorial cartoons. If you have any questions, please contact . . . → Read More: SUNSHINE WEEK ADVISORY

Attorney Fees Rejected in Public Records Case

HISTORIC CITY NEWS

February 27, 2015

An appeals court ruled Thursday that Union County is not required to pay attorney fees in a public-records case that started with a request for information from an unidentified company.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said the rural North Florida county did not act in bad faith in . . . → Read More: Attorney Fees Rejected in Public Records Case

No Sunshine Law charges filed in 2012 Maitland Arts Center dispute

ORLANDO SENTINEL

February 25, 2015

By: Steven Lemongello

No charges will be filed against three Maitland officials accused of violating the Sunshine Law in a 2012 incident, according to a state attorney.

The case stems from a complaint filed after private discussions were held between City Attorney Cliff Shepard and city council members about whether the Maitland Arts Center was a . . . → Read More: No Sunshine Law charges filed in 2012 Maitland Arts Center dispute

Ain’t no sunshine: Make our legislators clean the mud off Florida government ‘transparency’

CLAY TODAY

February 26, 2015

By: Daniel Tilson

So we’ve got this Sunshine Law in Florida. It’s supposed to be all about “open” government decision-making and freedom of information, including unrestricted access to public records. As many of us now know more than ever before, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet have made a farce of the law. . . . → Read More: Ain’t no sunshine: Make our legislators clean the mud off Florida government ‘transparency’

Florida law: ‘Conduct government business in public view’

KENDALL GAZETTE

By: Kenneth Bluh

Chapter 286 of the Florida statutes states: “All meetings of any board or commission of any state agency or authority or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation or political subdivision, except as otherwise provided in the Constitution, at which official acts are to be taken are declared to be . . . → Read More: Florida law: ‘Conduct government business in public view’

With governor and Cabinet silent, FAF to join lawsuit

FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION – PRESS RELEASE

February 26, 2015

CONTACT: Barbara Petersen, 850.224.4555
or sunshine@floridafaf.org

Last week, Barbara Petersen, president of Florida’s First Amendment Foundation, sent an open letter to Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet. In her letter, Petersen took note that Mr. Willie Meggs, State Attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, has repeatedly stated his . . . → Read More: With governor and Cabinet silent, FAF to join lawsuit

Romano: Here’s a novel idea — openness and transparency in Florida government

TAMPA BAY TIMES

February 23, 2015

By: John Romano

In another era, this probably wouldn’t qualify as news. In another state, it might go largely unnoticed.

But here in Florida, amid the most secretive, duplicitous, unapproachable administration Tallahassee has seen in years, it’s darn near heroic.

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, turned heads last week when he suggested a new formula . . . → Read More: Romano: Here’s a novel idea — openness and transparency in Florida government

Bills could make state government less open

News 4 Jax

February 24, 2014

By: William March

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida First Amendment Foundation is tracking more than 80 bills in the Florida Legislature, some of which it says would hide important government records from public view.

The independent watchdog group released its list of bills Monday. It labelled some of the bills neutral in their effect on . . . → Read More: Bills could make state government less open

Governor Rick Scott’s Conundrum

WUSF

February 24, 2015

By: Luis Hernandez

On the brink of this year’s legislative session, Governor Rick Scott is dealing with a big thorn. Scott replaced former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Gerald Bailey, saying Bailey left voluntarily.

Bailey says that’s a lie.

When Governor Scott’s lawyer told Bailey to retire, Bailey did pack up his stuff and . . . → Read More: Governor Rick Scott’s Conundrum

Aggregated Post: Florida news outlets suing Gov. Rick Scott want emergency order protecting public records

Florida news outlets suing Gov. Rick Scott want emergency order protecting public records

TALLAHASSEE — Florida news outlets and First Amendment advocates want a judge to order Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members to safeguard all relevant materials in an open meetings lawsuit, even their aides’ cellphone text messages. (Read More)

Media outlets ask court to protect relevant . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Florida news outlets suing Gov. Rick Scott want emergency order protecting public records