Facebook, other social media hot topic at Collier library meeting

Daily News Correspondent

 

Social media remains a hot topic, especially for librarians.

The Collier County Library Advisory Board met last week to discuss Sunshine and public records laws and how they pertain to social media and new e-book checkouts.

Assistant County Attorney Colleen Greene answered board members’ questions at their meeting Wednesday at the Collier libraries headquarters, 2385 Orange . . . → Read More: Facebook, other social media hot topic at Collier library meeting

Condo Q&A: Do emails count as a board meeting?

Question:Is it considered a meeting of the board of directors if the president or another member of the board emails the other members of the board seeking a discussion about an issue to be brought before the board at an established board meeting occurring at a later date?

— J.J.

Poliakoffs: The issue you’ve raised is a very common . . . → Read More: Condo Q&A: Do emails count as a board meeting?

Phil Lewis: Of laws and sausages: Horrors in the making

Close monitoring of what goes on in Tallahassee during the annual sessions of the Florida Legislature always brings to mind this quote:

“Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made.”

It often is attributed to Otto von Bismarck, a statesman credited with the unification of Germany in the 1800s.

Bismarck was a pragmatist, so . . . → Read More: Phil Lewis: Of laws and sausages: Horrors in the making

Absolute privilege? Absolutely NOT

OUR OPINION: GOP legislators use backdoor attempt to deny Floridians due process in redistricting matters
BY THE MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL
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Even gullible political optimists will have a hard time with the latest bill approved by the Florida House Judiciary Committee.

The committee voted 13 to 5 Thursday to offer sweeping immunity — “absolute privilege” they call it — to . . . → Read More: Absolute privilege? Absolutely NOT

Our view: Bad public notice bill dead, good one moves forward

Public and legal notices bills hit the Florida Legislature this year in separate waves.

Fortunately one bill, as Dean Ridings, president and CEO of the Florida Press Association said, is “effectively dead” and the good one, in a House and Senate version, is moving forward.

HB 149 would have removed the requirement to put public notices about foreclosures . . . → Read More: Our view: Bad public notice bill dead, good one moves forward

Lawmakers vote to shield themselves from questions

By Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief10:48 p.m. EST, February 16, 2012

TALLAHASSEE – A House committee voted Thursday for a bill that would shield legislators and their staffs from ever being required to testify or produce public records when they get sued.

The Republican-controlled Legislature’s proposal to grant itself what’s called “absolute privilege” in any civil suit or legal proceeding . . . → Read More: Lawmakers vote to shield themselves from questions

Robocall targets Miami Beach commissioner

An anonymous robocall is targeting a Miami Beach commissioner, who says he is under fire because he wants to fire the city manager.

BY DSMILEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM
BY DAVID SMILEY

A Miami Beach commissioner has been accused of violating Florida’s Sunshine laws, and somebody really wants people to know.

An anonymous robocall apparently referencing the issue has been going around for days . . . → Read More: Robocall targets Miami Beach commissioner

Fla. conservation panel accused of law violation

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is accused in a lawsuit of violating the state’s open-meetings “Sunshine Act.”

Two environmental groups sued Tuesday in state Circuit Court in Tallahassee.

Their lawsuit alleges a technical advisory committee held closed-door meetings to draft a plan for cutting off public boating access to part of Fisheating . . . → Read More: Fla. conservation panel accused of law violation

Lawyer: Flagler sheriff should release personal phone records

PALM COAST — Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming has refused a request from The News-Journal to turn over his personal phone records from the day when he received a call concerning a School Board member’s wife striking a pedestrian who subsequently died of her injuries.

Fleming said Tuesday in a brief telephone interview that his personal landline . . . → Read More: Lawyer: Flagler sheriff should release personal phone records

Gannon’s withholding of travel firms’ back-taxes deal raises open records questions

Two weeks after Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon announced she had reached $1.9 million settlement with more than a dozen online travel companies, her office still has not released a copy of the agreement to either The Palm Beach Post or Palm Beach County officials.

Although legal settlements are typically considered public records under state . . . → Read More: Gannon’s withholding of travel firms’ back-taxes deal raises open records questions