November 18, 2015
By: John Alvin
Things aren’t as bad as we thought. The Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity gave the state of Florida a D- when it comes to government accountability and transparency. We were positive that, in a state where the governor won’t release his tax return, families can’t find out how their . . . → Read More: Florida draws the curtain on access
November 17, 2015
State agencies hold a treasure trove of personal information on Florida residents.
From Social Security numbers to financial information and health records, some of the most sensitive parts of our personal lives are stored on state web servers.
A security breach that exposes this information can leave us vulnerable to identity theft. It also could lead . . . → Read More: Editorial: Cyber defense bill in Florida Legislature must balance security, transparency
November 16, 2015
By: Steven Lemongello
Advocates of open government met in Orlando on Monday to discuss ways to fight what they describe as a growing trend toward government secrecy in Florida.
The Florida Sunshine Coalition, part of the Florida First Amendment Foundation of Tallahassee, called for increased cooperation among newspapers, TV stations, nonprofit groups, academic institutions and . . . → Read More: Florida open-government advocates are ready for a fight
TAMPA BAY TIMES
November 13, 2015
By: Mary Ellen Klas
Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is tangled again in another public records issue with the Tallahassee attorney that won the $700,000 judgment against him for failing to turnover private emails.
Tallahassee lawyer Steven R. Andrews has asked the Department of Corrections to turn over seven months of search engine data of . . . → Read More: Andrews returns to court over public records, this time seeking internet searches
November 9, 2015
By: Gary Rohrer
TALLAHASSEE — Florida tax money is paying global rap star Pitbull to promote the state as a tourist destination, but taxpayers aren’t allowed to know what he’s making for the gig.
Pitbull is being paid by Visit Florida to be a celebrity ambassador and market the state to potential tourists at his . . . → Read More: Taxpayers pay Pitbull, but how much is a secret
FLORIDA GETS A D- IN NEW RANKING OF STATE GOVT. ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ASSESSMENT
The state of Florida is getting a failing grade in a new report ranking and assessing state government accountability and transparency. (Read More)
Florida Fails for Government Accountability and Transparency, Study Finds
The Sunshine Law may try to promote transparency in Florida’s government, but the . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: FLORIDA GETS A D- IN NEW RANKING OF STATE GOVT. ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ASSESSMENT
November 6, 2015
By: Joe Henderson
What if there were 1,100 exemptions to the Second Amendment? Or the same number of exemptions to the freedom of religion protection?
Wouldn’t happen, right?
Of course not.
But there are about 1,100 exemptions to Florida’s Sunshine Law, which goes directly to the heart of the First Amendment. And in early filings for next . . . → Read More: Felony witness protection law well-intentioned but flawed
November 4, 2015
By: Mitch Perry
In the wake of a heavier than usual number of public information record requests in the past several months, the Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously voted to strengthen their procedures in processing such requests.
“We need to do a better job of documenting, tracking and responding to requests,” said . . . → Read More: Hillsborough commissioners aim to improve public records process, ethics training
Dear FSNE colleague: Your board of directors has amended our bylaws to broaden our membership criteria to include news leaders in the electronic media, including TV. The changes allow membership for leaders of news sites that don’t use either the term editor or news director. We can also add academic and institutional leaders connected to our . . . → Read More: FSNE Bylaws Amended
October 29, 2015
By: James Rosica
A Tampa lawmaker has filed a bill that would shield the identities of “witness(es) to a felony” from being released to the public.
State Rep. Ed Narain, a first-term Democrat, submitted his bill (HB 475) on Thursday.
The legislation creates an exemption from Florida public records law of witnesses’ “personal identifying information,” prohibiting its disclosure, . . . → Read More: BILL WOULD PROTECT NAMES OF CRIMINAL WITNESSES