Gov. Rick Scott won’t show for deposition but will attend fundraiser instead
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is planning not to appear today for a deposition in a lawsuit he filed in California to block the release of information about Google email accounts used by him and his executive staff. (Read More)
Is This Why Rick Scott Is . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Gov. Rick Scott won’t show for deposition but will attend fundraiser instead
THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION
October 24, 2014
It is both law and tradition in Florida that government business must be conducted in full view of the citizens.
Law, tradition and common sense were broken when city leaders met secretly in 2013 to negotiate a pension deal.
City leaders said they weren’t collectively bargaining. But they were.
They said that federal mediation allowed . . . → Read More: Times-Union’s fight for the people is validated
FLORIDA CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
October 23, 2014
By: Ashley Lopez
The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville recently won a legal battle over Sunshine laws. According to the paper, city officials improperly held private meetings regarding pensions.
A circuit court had originally ruled in favor of the Times-Union, but city officials challenged the decision.
This week, an appeals court stood by the original . . . → Read More: Florida Newspaper Wins Open Records Lawsuit
October 21, 2014
By: Dan Tracy
An Orange County judge on Tuesday dismissed a charge of breaking the state’s public meeting laws against former state representative-turned-lobbyist Chris Dorworth.
Judge Tanya Davis Wilson, who was set to start jury selection Thursday, ruled Dorworth’s First Amendment right to free speech was violated by the misdemeanor charge against him.
“A private citizen . . . → Read More: Sunshine Law case against Chris Dorworth dismissed
Editorial: University corporations can’t have it both ways
The state’s 12 public universities account for billions of dollars in tax expenditures, and the expectation should be that the public can track the flow of money spent in their interests. (Read More)
EDITORIAL: University corporations should be subject to public records laws
Nearly three dozen private corporations control hundreds of . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Editorial – University corporations should be subject to public records laws
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