Public Notice Bill Passes Legislature

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Sweeping public notice legislation passes House and Senate

HB 937/SB 292 headed to the Governor

Tallahassee – In the closing hours of the 2012 legislative session, the Senate passed HB 937, which may be the most sweeping legislation affecting public notices since . . . → Read More: Public Notice Bill Passes Legislature

Letter: Term limits best way to deal with unaccountable Florida lawmakers

Pat Phoenix, Jensen Beach

Letter: Term limits best way to deal with unaccountable Florida lawmakers

Thanks to Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, for his efforts to bring insurance payments by elected offices more in line with what the real world has to fork over.

What angers me, beside his bill being voted down, is that the vote was taken by a . . . → Read More: Letter: Term limits best way to deal with unaccountable Florida lawmakers

Florida capital briefs: Open records bill goes to Gov. Scott

The Legislature today passed a measure (SB 1305) that spells out that governors-elect and other newly elected but not in office Cabinet members must abide by the same open record laws they will have to adhere to once they are sworn in. Further the law requires that after taking office, the governor or Cabinet member must . . . → Read More: Florida capital briefs: Open records bill goes to Gov. Scott

Fla. lawmakers pass public-records bill

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WIRE REPORT
Thursday, March 8, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s next governor and other statewide-elected officials will have to preserve and make public any documents and e-mails they send between their election and the time they are officially sworn into office.

The Florida Legislature has unanimously passed a bill that was sparked by the embarrassing deletion of e-mails . . . → Read More: Fla. lawmakers pass public-records bill

Sunshine Sunday 2012; Op-Ed By Mayors Of Cities Of Lake Helen And Sanford

We were each astounded when our City Attorney, approached us during the course of our service as mayors of the nearby cities of Lake Helen and Sanford and advised us that the courts had ruled that, although the Sunshine Law requires that meetings be open to the public, the Law does not give the public the . . . → Read More: Sunshine Sunday 2012; Op-Ed By Mayors Of Cities Of Lake Helen And Sanford

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

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

Editorial: Open government legislation in Florida Legislature good step, but does not go far enough

Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature helps clarify responsibilities of some, though not all elected officials

Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature goes a long way in establishing when elected officials must comply with the state’s open meetings and public records laws.

But, at least for the current session of the Legislature, the improvements don’t go far enough.

As . . . → Read More: Editorial: Open government legislation in Florida Legislature good step, but does not go far enough

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