Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar

2012

Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar

John A. Crawford, Nassau County Clerk of the Circuit Court, will host a Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Nassau County Judicial Annex in Yulee, Florida.

 

Barbara A. Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation, will share her knowledge and experience regarding . . . → Read More: Florida Public Records and Sunshine Law Seminar

OUR VIEW: Public meetings aren’t courts of law

At a recent St. Johns County Commission meeting on a land-use issue, a request was made by the project’s attorneys to cross-examine citizen speakers about their comments. Wisely, the request was not pursued after a “sidebar” discussion with county officials.

Good for them. This was a rezoning hearing where anyone can comment to the commission before it . . . → Read More: OUR VIEW: Public meetings aren’t courts of law

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

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

Sunshine Week: A commitment to open government

Posted: March 8, 2012 | Tags: Sunshine Week

Next week is Sunshine Week, designed to bring attention to the merits and benefits of having an open government. The main sponsors of the week are the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

In some ways, it is bittersweet to have such a celebration. . . . → Read More: Sunshine Week: A commitment to open government

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

Crestview City Councilmen Charged with Open Meetings Violations

In an article that appeared earlier this week it has been reported that several city councilmen in Crestview, Florida have been charged with non-criminal violations of Florida’s Open Meetings Laws (aka “Sunshine Laws”).  The councilmen are alleged to have traded as series of emails regarding public business.

One of the councilmen is also alleged to have deleted emails after . . . → Read More: Crestview City Councilmen Charged with Open Meetings Violations

Sunshine Week Editorial

As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, it is my duty to be a watchdog for how our government spends

Floridians’ hard-earned tax dollars. There are few things more important than holding our government

accountable. Accountability requires transparency, a principle of which Florida has consistently been on

the cutting edge. With groundbreaking legislation in 1909 and again in 1967, Florida’s government . . . → Read More: Sunshine Week Editorial

The Villages Daily Sun Sunshine Sunday editorial

Open records help ensure an open political process

Trying to separate the unvarnished truth from the spin that is filling the airwaves during this presidential election season?
Perhaps it’s time to become proactive and undertake your own search for the facts about the respective candidates’ stands on the issues that are important to you.
That search may include doing . . . → Read More: The Villages Daily Sun Sunshine Sunday editorial

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