Aggregated Post: Redistricting ruling has ramifications for decades

Redistricting ruling has ramifications for decades

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s two-year legal fight over redrawn congressional and legislative maps is about to provide another round of wonderful political voyeurism. (Read More)

Editorial: Court upholds open government

The Florida Supreme Court stood unanimously on the side of good government Thursday when it ruled that the public has a right to see . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Redistricting ruling has ramifications for decades

Public Universities, the Private Corporations They Create and Sunshine Law

WGCU

November 19, 2014

By: Topher Forhecz

Florida’s public universities have a history of creating foundations. They have names like the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation or the Florida State University Research Foundation. But these foundations are actually private corporations. And the links between these corporations, which oversee a number of university-related functions from managing athletics departments to constructing housing, and their . . . → Read More: Public Universities, the Private Corporations They Create and Sunshine Law

On Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, err on the side of caution

BRADENTON HERALD

November 19, 2014

Floridians are blessed with the most expansive open government laws in the nation. While the state’s Sunshine Law ensures the public’s right of access to most governmental meetings and records, those official entities can encounter difficulties on several fronts.

Slow responses to public records requests elicit sharp criticism for stonewalling. No response to those . . . → Read More: On Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, err on the side of caution

Government Transparency Group Won’t Say How Much Money it Wins From Open Records Lawsuits

BROWARD / PALM BEACH NEW TIMES

November 14, 2014

By: Ray Downs

A group that claims to be a champion of transparency has been filing a slew of lawsuits against Florida’s government agencies, ostensibly to force the agencies to comply with public records laws. But just how much money has the group won? They’re not willing to say.

Over the . . . → Read More: Government Transparency Group Won’t Say How Much Money it Wins From Open Records Lawsuits

Aggregated Post: Florida Supreme Court Orders Public Release Of GOP Consultant’s Map-Drawing Docs

Florida Supreme Court Orders Public Release Of GOP Consultant’s Map-Drawing Docs

After a Florida Supreme Court ruling today, the public will be able to view documents that led a judge to declare the state’s congressional districts unconstitutional. The court ordered the unsealing of a Republican strategist’s records cited as key evidence in this year’s redistricting trial. (Read . . . → Read More: Aggregated Post: Florida Supreme Court Orders Public Release Of GOP Consultant’s Map-Drawing Docs

Recent Court Ruling Could Shed Sunshine On Florida’s Shadowy Economic Development Agencies

WGCU

November 13, 2014

By: Ashley Lopez

Local organizations across the state that work on recruiting businesses to their respective areas might start becoming less secretive. A recent court ruling from Brevard County might pave the way for more sunshine on the state’s many economic development groups.

There is a state law that allows economic development agencies to shield for . . . → Read More: Recent Court Ruling Could Shed Sunshine On Florida’s Shadowy Economic Development Agencies

County, activist group spar over Jacobs’ online file-sharing account

ORLANDO SENTINEL

November 12, 2014

By: David Breen

Lawyers for Orange County and a citizens organization squared off in court Wednesday, arguing over Internet Protocol addresses and best practices for computer security.

Behind the technical jargon, the case is about Florida’s public-records law and what’s contained in an account used by Mayor Teresa Jacobs on a cloud-based file-sharing system called . . . → Read More: County, activist group spar over Jacobs’ online file-sharing account

Suit filed over costs, delays in Bradenton Beach records request

THE ISLANDER

By: Kristin Swain

The Bradenton Beach election may have been settled Nov. 4, but challenges remain.

Bradenton Beach resident and former candidate for city commission Tjet Martin filed a lawsuit Nov. 7, claiming the city has failed to produce public records in a timely manner.

Martin submitted a public records request July 14. She made a second request Oct. . . . → Read More: Suit filed over costs, delays in Bradenton Beach records request

Did UWF skirt Florida’s Sunshine Law?

PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL

November 11, 2014

By: Will Isem

Though perhaps not in direct violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law, the University of West Florida was at least in the shade when university president Judy Bense and former faculty union president Steve Belko met in a meeting following the State of the University address in September.

The meeting took place at . . . → Read More: Did UWF skirt Florida’s Sunshine Law?

Manatee County School District logs record number of public-records requests for October

BRADENTON HERALD

November 9, 2014

By: Meghin Delaney

BRADENTON — The Manatee County School District has received an average of 40 public-records requests each month this year, with both reporters and citizens trying to dig deeper into education issues by examining everything from personnel files to personal emails.

The month of October doubled that average, with 80 records requests sent . . . → Read More: Manatee County School District logs record number of public-records requests for October