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
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
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
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’
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’
FIRST AMENDMENT FOUNDATION – PRESS RELEASE
February 26, 2015
CONTACT: Barbara Petersen, 850.224.4555
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
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
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
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
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