Open-government advocates celebrate ‘Sunshine Week’

10:50 p.m. EST, March 10, 2012|By Anika Myers Palm, Orlando Sentinel

Laura Williams’ interest in public records was born of tremendous personal tragedy: In 1996, her then-husband, who had abused her, killed both their 2-year-old daughter and himself.

In the years that followed, she joined groups that helped domestic-violence victims. And in 2007, she began working with CourtWatch, . . . → Read More: Open-government advocates celebrate ‘Sunshine Week’

Editorial: Government transparency critical to public understanding and official accountability on Treasure Coast

By Editorial Board
Posted March 11, 2012 at 5 a.m.

A key to an effective democracy is public understanding and involvement in the actions taken by elected and appointed government officials as representatives of the citizenry.

That demands that records and meetings associated with governmental actions be open and accessible to all members of the public.

But, too often, those in . . . → Read More: Editorial: Government transparency critical to public understanding and official accountability on Treasure Coast

Florida court clerks predict delays in civil, traffic filings due to budget cuts

By DARA KAM

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 1:07 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012

Posted: 7:19 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012T

TALLAHASSEE — If couples are in a hurry to get a divorce, they might want to consider seeking an end to their marriage outside Florida in the coming year.

Divorces are just one of the many types of civil cases that county clerks of courts say will almost certainly be delayed . . . → Read More: Florida court clerks predict delays in civil, traffic filings due to budget cuts

Florida Supreme Court Ruling: Sunshine in Lakeland District

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11:37 p.m.

Two substantial events took place in Tallahassee on Friday: completion of the Florida Legislature’s annual 60-day session — scheduled two months early this year to provide time for the Florida Supreme Court to rule on new voting districts drawn by the . . . → Read More: Florida Supreme Court Ruling: Sunshine in Lakeland District

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

SUNSHINE WEEK: Revolving Regulators at the CFTC

By ANDREW WYNER and MICHAEL SMALLBERG

Click here to join POGO’s
Un-Do Influence Campaign:
a movement ot reclaim Washington

As part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to highlight the importance of open government and freedom of information, POGO is releasing a host records obtained by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Read more about POGO’s plans for Sunshine Week here.

Since 2006, . . . → Read More: SUNSHINE WEEK: Revolving Regulators at the CFTC

Fla. public access celebrated during Sunshine Week

BY MIKE SCHNEIDER
ASSOCIATED PRESS

ORLANDO, Fla. — Advocates of Florida’s open government laws should focus on the rights of speakers to have their voices heard at public meetings and push to open up the state’s process of making laws to further scrutiny, one of the state’s top defenders of government transparency said Monday.

Too often in the past year . . . → Read More: Fla. public access celebrated during Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week 2012

Sunshine Week was created by journalists. But it’s not just for the press.

It’s also for the public.

This week, journalists around the country are participating in the national initiative to promote discussion about the importance of open government and freedom of information. But freedom of information is a year-round pledge. American journalists promote open government every day, . . . → Read More: Sunshine Week 2012

Public Notice Bill Passes Legislature

Florida Press Association

336 E. College Ave., Suite 203

Tallahassee, FL 32301

v 850.521.1162 | f 850.577.3600

For immediate release Contact: Dean Ridings

March 5, 2012 850.521.1162

deanr@flpress.com

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

Citizen power starts with knowledge

ames Madison succinctly described the importance of an informed electorate: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” This is also a call for government transparency, as only voters informed in how their government works can effectively use the ballot . . . → Read More: Citizen power starts with knowledge