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

Trash and storm clouds in Broward

OUR OPINION: During Sunshine Week, the public’s right to know is once again in peril

BY THE MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL
HERALDED@MIAMIHERALD.COM

As Florida celebrates Sunshine Week and the importance of open government and freedom of information there are some rays of sunshine pushing through the dark clouds of secrecy.

One ray: The Florida Legislature ended its session approving legislation that . . . → Read More: Trash and storm clouds in Broward

How Public Records Laws Allow the Miami Herald to Serve You

Without open meetings and accessible records, we’d all be in the dark.

BY AMINDA MARQUES GONZALEZ
AMARQUES@MIAMIHERALD.COM

We simply couldn’t tell the stories readers count on us to report without Florida’s public records and open meetings laws, among the strongest in the country.

Our journalists rely on these laws daily, whether attending a municipal meeting or digging out records on . . . → Read More: How Public Records Laws Allow the Miami Herald to Serve You

After lost emails flap, public records bill passes

BY GARY FINEOUT
ASSOCIATED PRESS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s next governor and other statewide elected officials will have to preserve and make public any documents and emails 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 emails sent by . . . → Read More: After lost emails flap, public records bill passes

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

Miami Herald: Gov. Scott’s public records chief leaving to run for Martin County clerk

Carolyn Timmann, the head of Gov. Rick Scott’s very busy Office  of Open Government, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin Circuit Court. Timmann has had many a fire, literally and figuratively, to handle  during her year in Scott’s administration. (She was the first to smell  smoke from the cigar-sparked trash can fire in Lt. . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Gov. Scott’s public records chief leaving to run for Martin County clerk

Miami Herald: Request for video of bus driver’s shooting death denied

BY TODD RUGER

SARASOTA COUNTY – Detectives in the James Brotherton killing last month got a copy of an amazing piece of evidence: a video of the Port Charlotte man getting shot outside the Gulf Gate Library.

That usually means the public will be able to see the video, because it is a key part of the evidence . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Request for video of bus driver’s shooting death denied

St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: Inside Rick Scott’s BlackBerry

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER

TALLAHASSEE — The Governor’s Office released 87 pages of public records Friday showing e-mails Gov. Rick Scott sent and received in the final days of his transition into office that have yet to be made public.

The documents, which the Governor’s Office has had for nearly six months, include about 65 new e-mails beyond . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: Inside Rick Scott’s BlackBerry

Miami Herald: Scott’s transparency problem

EDITORIAL

For a governor who promised accountability as a candidate, Rick Scott sure  has a lot of explaining to do.

Not once, not twice, but now there has been a third incident involving a “technological mix-up” at the governor’s office that has mysteriously resulted  in emails evaporating into cyberspace.

Like magic — after a public records request.

Florida Department of . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Scott’s transparency problem

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

Naked Politics Blog

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.

Read . . . → Read More: Miami Herald: Bondi calls $10k bill for public records ‘indefensible’