By George Bennett
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
May 8, 2013
Two South Bay commissioners who were charged with violating Florida’s Sunshine Law and suspended by Gov. Rick Scott are running for their old seats in a special election Tuesday.
The governor’s office says Shirley Walker-Turner and John Wilson, who have been barred from office since December, will remain suspended regardless . . . → Read More: Two suspended South Bay officials run for office, pending trial
May 1, 2013 pnj.com
TALLAHASSEE — A bill being sent to Gov. Rick Scott seeks to make sure that Floridians have the right to be heard — and not just seen — at local government and state agency meetings.
The measure (SB 50) won final approval from the Florida House on a 113-2 vote . . . → Read More: Florida House passes ‘right to speak’ bill
Written by Bill Cotterell Florida Voices
April 14, 2013 Tallahassee.com
Happy Sunshine Week.
It’s fitting that the American Society of News Editors in 2005 chose March to recognize the public’s right to know, just as we’re shaking off the gray gloom of winter and seeing the first bright rays of spring. . . . → Read More: Bill Cotterell: Let the sun shine in
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE BUREAU
March 27th, 2013
TALLAHASSEE – Five months after pulling the plug on a $5 million budget transparency program, the Florida Senate passed a bill Wednesday to create a task force to increase transparency but moved no closer to offering the public real-time access to budget data.
The measure, SB 1764, . . . → Read More: Senate creates task force to review budget transparency
Posted: 29th January 2013 by Sara Gregory in Campus Crime, Freedom of Information,Newsgathering, Public Records
Tags: campus crime, campus safety, Clery Act, public records, Sunshine Week
In just a little over a month, journalists across the country will celebrate open government in action. Held annually in March, Sunshine Week is a chance for journalists to demonstrate to lawmakers and the public the importance of open government and easy access . . . → Read More: Join SPLC’s Sunshine Week campus safety audit
By Jonathan Mattise
Posted November 27, 2012 at 4:54 p.m.
Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who represents the Treasure Coast, is one of two senators writer Peter Connelly credits with trying to ensure equity betwen lawmakers and rank-and-file employees. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
For the third-straight legislative session, state Sen. Joe Negron will try to etch into Florida law the public’s right to speak . . . → Read More: Negron will try again to make law of public’s right to speak at open meetings
By David Damron, Orlando Sentinel7:50 p.m. EST, November 13, 2012
Orange County leaders Tuesday moved toward banning text messages during meetings and adopting other reforms, saying they wanted to ensure they conduct business more openly.
The changes are seen as a way to restore public trust after what some call “textgate.” The dispute has engulfed commissioners who deleted texts with opponents of . . . → Read More: Orange leaders ponder texting ban during meetings
by Joseph T. Eagleton
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” — Thomas Jefferson1
One of the First Amendment’s most powerful values is freedom of the press.2 In the modern 24 hours a day, seven days a week world of instant news, however, freedom of the press is largely taken . . . → Read More: Walking on Sunshine Laws: How Florida’s Free Press History in the U.S. Supreme Court Undermines Open Governmet
By: Kristal Roberts
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When Florida Governor Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst in May, he said it would promote transparency by giving the public access to his emails, but the Miami Herald reports that only emails in favor of the governor and his policies were published.
Scott had called the project, “an open and transparent window . . . → Read More: Report: Public access site to Gov. Scott’s emails had unusual amount of favorable messages