Daytona Beach News-Journal: Gov. Scott’s missing the chance for an open discussion

EDITORIAL
BY PAT RICE, NEWS-JOURNAL EDITOR

Given the fiscal issues the state is facing, Florida Gov. Rick Scott may never be Mr. Popularity. That doesn’t appear to bother him in the least. But it should.

Scott’s effectiveness over the next 3 1/2 years will depend on his popular support. State legislators and local government officials are much more likely . . . → Read More: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Gov. Scott’s missing the chance for an open discussion

Miami Herald parent sells land for $236 million; newspaper operations unaffected

BY DOUGLAS HANKS

Asia’s third largest casino company is paying $236 million for the 14 acres of waterfront land surrounding The Miami Herald, a deal that means a new home for the publishing company and a major new player in downtown Miami’s development boom.

The surprise announcement came after a long-stalled deal for adjoining Herald parking lots fizzled, . . . → Read More: Miami Herald parent sells land for $236 million; newspaper operations unaffected

St. Petersburg Times: Government secrecy in Florida is out of hand

BY HOWARD TROXLER

We have a simple and important principle in Florida:

What the government does is the public’s business.

Put another way, the taxpayers of Florida have the right to know what their government is doing.

Read . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Government secrecy in Florida is out of hand

TCPalm: Florida Governor Rick Scott should veto legislation banning public access to recordings related to killings

EDITORIAL

In December 1996, Anderson Tate was arrested on driving violations and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail. Uncooperative, he was bound to a chair where he moaned, prayed, thrashed about and asked for help for three hours. Jail employees and deputies walked by him and ignored his pleas and at least one taunted him.

A video . . . → Read More: TCPalm: Florida Governor Rick Scott should veto legislation banning public access to recordings related to killings

The News-Press: Open access, records are essential to democracy

BY TERRY EBERLE

What are public officials afraid of?

Why do they spend so much time fighting openness?

Let the sunshine in.

The latest example is with Edison State College. We have been asking for public records for more than 10 weeks and they are just dribbling in a few at a time. Now we find they didn’t even keep . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Open access, records are essential to democracy

Tallahassee Democrat: Governor needs to defend open government

EDITORIAL

We’ve said it here countless times — the openness of government in Florida is a model for the nation, and something to be treasured and preserved by its citizens.

Yet every year, there are attempts to chip away at open government, and this year is no exception.

The First Amendment Foundation, a private, nonpartisan guardian of Florida’s Sunshine . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: Governor needs to defend open government

The News-Press: Governor must honor open records vow

EDITORIAL

Gov. Rick Scott has been criticized for failing to support Florida’s strong legacy of open government, but he could rebut his critics by vetoing bills making it harder for the press or citizens to check out suspicious deaths, abuse of seniors and public airport records.

It’s a chance for Scott to redeem his vow to champion open . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Governor must honor open records vow

Pensacola News Journal: Scott’s veto pen needed

EDITORIAL

What the public sees under Florida’s Sunshine Law isn’t always pretty — but it can be critically important. Gov. Rick Scott should veto legislation restricting public access to photographs, video and audio recordings of deaths captured by police or other official recordings.

No, that’s not an argument to routinely display them on television or the Internet or . . . → Read More: Pensacola News Journal: Scott’s veto pen needed

Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment advocates say Scott should veto bills that would hurt open government

BY JIM ASH
Florida Capital Bureau Chief

Governor Rick Scott, the political newcomer who critics say has a tin ear for open government, is the last hope for First Amendment advocates who want him to veto bills that they contend would make it harder to investigate suspicious deaths, elder abuse and wasteful spending.

Read . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment advocates say Scott should veto bills that would hurt open government

Open Government Bills Passed in 2011 Session

1.         CS/SB 170 Electronic Filing & Receipt of Court Records:  In pertinent part, requires each state attorney and public defender to implement a system that allows for the electronic filing and receipt of court records.  Similar to HB 443.  Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton)  DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
            ●          Passed the Senate unanimously; substituted for CS/HB . . . → Read More: Open Government Bills Passed in 2011 Session