General membership meeting Friday

The FSNE general membership session will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday in . . . → Read More: General membership meeting Friday

St. Petersburg Times: Scott veto strikes a blow for openness

EDITORIAL

Gov. Rick Scott acted on behalf of Floridians Friday by vetoing a bill that would have driven underground the business of the state’s airports. Even for a Legislature with open contempt for open government, this bill was extreme and an invitation to scandal. Scott did the right thing by rejecting a measure that could have served . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Scott veto strikes a blow for openness

Sunshine State News: Pam Bondi on public records, her respect for transparency in government

BY NANCY SMITH

Transparency in state government has little hope if the attorney general isn’t on board.

Florida is fortunate. Pam Bondi, the Sunshine State’s attorney general, most definitely is. She was anxious last week to talk about her respect for the First Amendment and Florida’s open government laws. And her conversation with me about them (video below) . . . → Read More: Sunshine State News: Pam Bondi on public records, her respect for transparency in government

Ocala Star-Banner: Scott’s abuse of the Sunshine Law

EDITORIAL

In the Sunshine State, we have a set of laws intended to assure the public’s right to know what its governments and its elected representatives are doing with our tax dollars and other public resources. It is appropriately name the Florida Sunshine Law.

But now it seems, government has figured out how to block the public’s right . . . → Read More: Ocala Star-Banner: Scott’s abuse of the Sunshine Law

Florida Independent: State Rep. Perman calls on Scott to open up public records

BY TRAVIS PILLOW

Gov. Rick Scott is again under fire for his public records policies, this time from freshman state Rep. Steve Perman, D-Boca Raton, who sent him a letter asking him to make records more accessible. Read it after the jump.

The Tallahasee Democrat editorial he mentions is behind a paywall, but is available free from Florida . . . → Read More: Florida Independent: State Rep. Perman calls on Scott to open up public records

Ledger: Florida’s public records: Scott’s secret trick

EDITORIAL

In the Sunshine State, it seems, government has figured out how to block the public’s right to know: Price public records out of the market.

Barbara Peterson, of the Florida First Amendment Foundation, said her organization recently made some public records requests to Gov. Rick Scott’s office.

Read . . . → Read More: Ledger: Florida’s public records: Scott’s secret trick

Sun Sentinel: Competitive bid process could use some scrutiny

EDITORIAL

THE ISSUE: New laws puts wrinkle in procurement process.

It sailed through the Florida Legislature as an innocuous-sounding public records extension that, taken at face value, would keep key information in a bid for a state or local government contract safe from the competition.

Gov. Rick Scott, not surprisingly, signed the bill, and in the process may make . . . → Read More: Sun Sentinel: Competitive bid process could use some scrutiny

Hometown News: Attorney Jon Kaney honored for Sunshine Law work

DAYTONA BEACH – Cobb Cole Attorney Jon Kaney was presented with the James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award from the First Amendment Foundation recently. The nomination and the award were based on his leadership role in The Bert Fish Foundation Inc. v. Southeast Volusia Hospital District suit and his enduring commitment to ensuring that Florida government remains . . . → Read More: Hometown News: Attorney Jon Kaney honored for Sunshine Law work