Study rates Florida ethics, ‘corruptibility’

Updated: Monday, 19 Mar 2012, 6:35 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 19 Mar 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

TAMPA – Florida received a grade of C-minus, but that was still good enough to tie for 18th best with three other states in a first-of-its-kind assessment of corruptibility released Monday.

The report praises Florida’s open-records and open-meetings “Sunshine” laws.

It faults the state, though, for weak . . . → Read More: Study rates Florida ethics, ‘corruptibility’

When it comes to lobbying, Florida Sunshine laws are dark

Florida’s Sunshine Law does not shine fully on the sometimes shadowy world of lobbying, a new report found.
BY TOLUSE OLORUNNIPA
HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has some of the nation’s most expansive open records policies, but its Sunshine Law does not adequately regulate the sometimes shadowy role of lobbyists, according to a national report released Monday.

The State Integrity . . . → Read More: When it comes to lobbying, Florida Sunshine laws are dark

Mayor creates Office of Public Accountability

03/19/2012

by Joe Wilhelm Jr., Staff Writer

Mayor Alvin Brown marked the end of Sunshine Week last week by signing legislation that approved a director and funding for the new Ethics, Compliance and Oversight Office and announced the creation of the Office of Public Accountability.

The mayor’s signature was the last step for ordinances 2012-10, which appointed Carla Miller . . . → Read More: Mayor creates Office of Public Accountability

Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar

2012

Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar

John A. Crawford, Nassau County Clerk of the Circuit Court, will host a Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Nassau County Judicial Annex in Yulee, Florida.

 

Barbara A. Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation, will share her knowledge and experience regarding . . . → Read More: Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar

Autonomy is a must for effective civilian review

March 18, 2012

Last August, when Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings finally convened his Citizens Advisory Committee, he declared: “We have asked you to do a bit of very, very serious business for Orange County.”

An understatement. After all, the committee was conceived in the wake of community blow-back in the controversial Torey Breedlove case. The alleged car . . . → Read More: Autonomy is a must for effective civilian review

Letter: Port St. Lucie council politics plays out in handling of Taylor incident

Gary Palmese, Port St. Lucie

Letter: Council politics plays out in handling of Taylor incident

After reading the March 8 letters regarding Gabrielle Taylor’s alleged DUI incident, I happen to agree with Chuck Johnson and Police Chief Brian Reuther‘s reply. It is the discretion of the police officer as to what follows.

Inasmuch as I’m not sticking up for Taylor, . . . → Read More: Letter: Port St. Lucie council politics plays out in handling of Taylor incident

Open-government advocates celebrate ‘Sunshine Week’

10:50 p.m. EST, March 10, 2012|By Anika Myers Palm, Orlando Sentinel

Laura Williams’ interest in public records was born of tremendous personal tragedy: In 1996, her then-husband, who had abused her, killed both their 2-year-old daughter and himself.

In the years that followed, she joined groups that helped domestic-violence victims. And in 2007, she began working with CourtWatch, . . . → Read More: Open-government advocates celebrate ‘Sunshine Week’

St. Lucie County’s website earns A+ rating for transparency

Erick Gill
Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:47 p.m., updated March 13, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.

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FORT PIERCE — The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners was one of seven county governments in Florida to be recognized . . . → Read More: St. Lucie County’s website earns A+ rating for transparency

Editorial: Government transparency critical to public understanding and official accountability on Treasure Coast

By Editorial Board
Posted March 11, 2012 at 5 a.m.

A key to an effective democracy is public understanding and involvement in the actions taken by elected and appointed government officials as representatives of the citizenry.

That demands that records and meetings associated with governmental actions be open and accessible to all members of the public.

But, too often, those in . . . → Read More: Editorial: Government transparency critical to public understanding and official accountability on Treasure Coast

Guest: Open government is at risk

By MICHAEL BARFIELD

Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:14 p.m.

James Madison, the founding father of our open-government laws, once emphasized the importance of citizens having the ability to be informed: “A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a . . . → Read More: Guest: Open government is at risk