FSNE Summer Board Meeting

FSNE Summer Board Meeting

 

Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla.

July 11, 2014

 

Present: Bob Gabordi, Frank Denton, Doug Ray, Gil Thelen, David Plazas, Terry Spencer, Chris Porter, Manny Garcia, Bill Church, Kenny Irby

On telephone: Barbara Petersen, Dave Carlson

Absent: Mindy Marques, Dave Carlson

 

1. Meeting called to order by Gabordi.

Gabordi recommended for membership George Haj, editor-in-chief, Florida Daily Business Review. Motion to accept by Denton, seconded . . . → Read More: FSNE Summer Board Meeting

Herbits v. City of Miami – Amicus Brief

Please click the link to view the full brief: Herbits v. City of Miami – . . . → Read More: Herbits v. City of Miami – Amicus Brief

First Amendment Foundation’s Fall Seminars Announced

It’s that time again! FAF’s annual Sunshine Seminars are just around the corner.

These one-day seminars provide an overview of Florida’s public records and public meetings requirements in an informative and interactive format. These seminars satisfy the open government portion of the new ethics and open government training required for all constitutional officers and city officials.

The seminars . . . → Read More: First Amendment Foundation’s Fall Seminars Announced

Innovators series at UF

The Innovators Series: Six Guides. One Purpose.
First speaker to discuss how social media affects news coverage

Join the UF College of Journalism and Communications on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium, Weimer Hall for a discussion on how on-the-ground social media affects the news coverage you see. Mark Little, founder of Storyful . . . → Read More: Innovators series at UF

Confidentiality of records statute needs reform

SUWANNEE DEMOCRAT

September 5, 2014

By: Jeff Waters

Florida is open for business and nowhere is that more clear than chapter 288, section 075 of the Florida Statutes. This statute outlines what private businesses can withhold from the public, if they are seeking government help in the form of tax breaks, land, and other incentives that both parties agree . . . → Read More: Confidentiality of records statute needs reform

Judge orders Fla. Gov. Rick Scott to stop fighting request for records

MIAMI HERALD

September 9, 2014

By: Mary Ellen Klas

After ordering Google to turn over information on the governor’s Gmail account, a judge steps in to tell Gov. Rick Scott to stop resisting his order.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott

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TALLAHASSEE – A Tallahassee judge this week ordered Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to . . . → Read More: Judge orders Fla. Gov. Rick Scott to stop fighting request for records

Andrews expands lawsuit against Scott and Bondi, alleging public records violations

TAMPA BAY TIMES

August 29, 2014

By: Mary Ellen Klas

Tallahassee lawyer Steven R. Andrews expanded his public records complaints against Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi on Friday, asking the court to hold the state’s top officers in violation of the state’s public records laws and seeking relief and attorneys fees.

Andrews, who successfully sued the governor . . . → Read More: Andrews expands lawsuit against Scott and Bondi, alleging public records violations

City Council rejects stronger ethics rule

PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL

August 28, 2014

By: Rob Johnson

Although public records are defined in a Florida statute as including text messages and cellphone records, the Pensacola City Council voted against strengthening the municipality’s ethics ordinance to the same standard.

By a 5-4 vote Thursday night, the panel rejected Councilmember Sherri Myers’ proposed amendment to the ordinance that would have . . . → Read More: City Council rejects stronger ethics rule

Assault on open government

MIAMI HERALD

August 28, 2014

OUR OPINION: Gov. Scott ignores right of public access

Florida Governor Rick Scott

TAMPA BAY TIMES

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Among Florida’s recent governors, none has a worse record on transparency and open government than incumbent Rick Scott. Now Mr. Scott is apparently trying to render Florida’s public records law effectively meaningless by adopting a policy that makes it next . . . → Read More: Assault on open government

Miami-Dade commissioner reveals ‘hate’ for Florida’s open-government law

MIAMI HERALD BLOG

August 29, 2014

By: Patricia Mazzei

A Miami-Dade County commissioner let it be known in a public meeting Thursday that she’s no fan of the state law that required the meeting to be public in the first place.

Sally Heyman bemoaned Florida’s Government in the Sunshine law, which among other things forces policy meetings between two or more . . . → Read More: Miami-Dade commissioner reveals ‘hate’ for Florida’s open-government law