First Amendment Foundation: Proposed Committee Bill 7170

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

18 January 2012

Were you – like some of our local county commissioners – surprised when DOC announced the closing of prisons around the state?

JUST WAIT!

Proposed Committee Bill 7170 from the Senate Rules Committee amends various section of s. 216.023, F.S., relating . . . → Read More: First Amendment Foundation: Proposed Committee Bill 7170

Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment experts applaud Senate action on public-speaking bill

BY JEFF BURLEW

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, is applauding senators who earlier today unanimously voted in favor of a bill granting citizens the right to speak during public meetings.

“It’s a great bill — it really is,” Petersen said. “It rights a very significant wrong.”

Florida is known for having a strong Sunshine Law. However, . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment experts applaud Senate action on public-speaking bill

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Court to rule on public’s right to speak

BY JAY STAPLETON

DAYTONA BEACH — Two years ago, a civil rights legend with deep roots in Central Florida was not permitted to speak at a public hearing about a water treatment plant on the St. Johns River.

William Stetson Kennedy, who died earlier this year at the age of 94, wanted to voice his disapproval of the . . . → Read More: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Court to rule on public’s right to speak

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

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