Letter: Scott’s privatization effort tries to exclude voters from deliberations

Pat Giancola, Vero Beach

Letter: Scott’s privatization effort tries to exclude voters from deliberation.

I received an email today from Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO mobilization coordinator informing me of two pieces of legislation that the governor and his cronies are trying to pass regarding privatization of state services without any review.

I find it appalling that legislators want to . . . → Read More: Letter: Scott’s privatization effort tries to exclude voters from deliberations

Palm Beach Post: Reopen governor’s office; let new gatekeeper have new attitude

EDITORIAL

Gov. Scott has named a new director of his Office of Open Government, a department that in the early days of his administration seemed a misnomer but lately has gotten better marks from journalists and open-government advocates. Bonnie Hazelton will be responsible for providing the best public access to government records, but to deliver she must . . . → Read More: Palm Beach Post: Reopen governor’s office; let new gatekeeper have new attitude

Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

EDITORIAL

Gaetz, of Niceville, near Pensacola in the Panhandle, is laying his power on the line to make an important point.

That point is that emails are public records, just like paper files, and they are to be protected and stored for public inspection — even during transitions of power from one governor to the next.

Gaetz’s legislation to . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

BY TIMES STAFF

Bonnie Hazelton, director of the Office of the Ombudsman and Public Services, will take over as director of Gov. Rick Scott’s Office of Open Government, Scott’s office announced today. Current director, Carolyn Timmann, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin County Court.

The move is one of several announced today, including replacing Karen Giorno . . . → Read More: Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

Orlando Sentinel: State should make incentive data public

BY BETH KASSAB

If Doug Darling, the state’s new “economic opportunity” director, really wants to get aggressive when it comes to holding accountable companies that accept public incentive dollars, there’s an easy way to do it.

Make the information public. A radical idea? No, but it’s one Florida has simply shrugged at for decades.

Read . . . → Read More: Orlando Sentinel: State should make incentive data public

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

St. Petersburg Times: Florida state investment chief says transparency was a big issue for lawmakers in 2011

BY AARON SHAROCKMAN, Times Staff Writer

Facing criticisms about the handling of the state’s $130 billion investment portfolio, the executive director and chief investment officer of the State Board of Administration tried to reassure Gov. Rick Scott that everything is fine.

The back-and-forth between SBA executive director Ash Williams and Scott came Tuesday during a meeting of the . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: Florida state investment chief says transparency was a big issue for lawmakers in 2011

The News-Press: Scott record mixed toward open access

EDITORIAL

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sends mixed messages about his commitment to open government.

On the one hand, the governor has signed executive orders advancing, or vetoed bills limiting, the public’s access to state documents.

On the other hand, Scott continues to insist on a paywall for members of the public who request these documents — creating an unnecessary . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Scott record mixed toward open access

South Florida Sun Sentinel: Scott’s new aide says his personal email account will be public record

BY KATHLEEN HAUGHNEY

TALLAHASSEE — The new chief of staff to Gov. Rick Scott , Steve MacNamara, sent out a blanket email to his contacts from his personal account reminding them of his new job and the changes it might bring.

The message was clear: Starting July 5, any emails that aren’t personal in nature will be immediately . . . → Read More: South Florida Sun Sentinel: Scott’s new aide says his personal email account will be public record