Citrus County Chronicle: Transparency resistance troubling

EDITORIAL

A dark cloud hangs over Florida state government these days, threatening the state’s much-heralded Sunshine Laws.

At issue is a request to the State Board of Administration (SBA) by state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, to release documents concerning an investment into Starboard Value and Opportunity, a hedge find spin-off of Ramius LLC. Ramius’ president, Thomas . . . → Read More: Citrus County Chronicle: Transparency resistance troubling

Miami Herald: Bondi calls $10k bill for public records ‘indefensible’

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Attorney General Pam Bondi said it was “indefensible” that the state gave  state Sen. Mike Fasano a  $10,000 estimate for collecting public records regarding Florida pension  investments.

“I’ve lost sleep over this bill,” Bondi told State Board of Administration  Director Ash Williams.

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St. Petersburg Times: Concealing public business from view

EDITORIAL

Charging a fortune for public records is a clear attempt to evade Florida’s sunshine laws and conceal public business from public view. That seems to be the motivation behind an invoice sent to state Sen. Mike Fasano for more than $10,000 for public records from Ash Williams, executive director of the state agency that manages $145 . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Concealing public business from view

St. Petersburg Times: Florida state investment chief says transparency was a big issue for lawmakers in 2011

BY AARON SHAROCKMAN, Times Staff Writer

Facing criticisms about the handling of the state’s $130 billion investment portfolio, the executive director and chief investment officer of the State Board of Administration tried to reassure Gov. Rick Scott that everything is fine.

The back-and-forth between SBA executive director Ash Williams and Scott came Tuesday during a meeting of the . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Florida state investment chief says transparency was a big issue for lawmakers in 2011