Study rates Florida ethics, ‘corruptibility’

Updated: Monday, 19 Mar 2012, 6:35 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 19 Mar 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

TAMPA – Florida received a grade of C-minus, but that was still good enough to tie for 18th best with three other states in a first-of-its-kind assessment of corruptibility released Monday.

The report praises Florida’s open-records and open-meetings “Sunshine” laws.

It faults the state, though, for weak . . . → Read More: Study rates Florida ethics, ‘corruptibility’

Guest Op/Ed: Did School Board Violate Sunshine Laws?

In a February 28 message to district employees, Manatee School District Superintendent Tim McGonegal reported that the School Board met in an Executive (i.e. “secret” “private” “outside the Sunshine”) Session on Monday (February 27) night and: 1.) “decided it was not in the best interest of the School District or its employees to become involved in protracted . . . → Read More: Guest Op/Ed: Did School Board Violate Sunshine Laws?

Crestview Council charged with Sunshine Law violations

March 02, 2012 3:05 PM

TOM McLAUGHLIN / Daily News

CRESTVIEW — All five members of the City Council have been charged with violating Florida’s Sun-shine Law.

The charges are considered “non-criminal violations” which, Councilman Phillip Berezo told the Crestview News Bulletin, amounted to being issued a “traffic ticket.”

Council President Charles Baugh and members Berezo, Benjamin Iannucci, Tim Grandberry . . . → Read More: Crestview Council charged with Sunshine Law violations

City seeks volunteers for Planning and Zoning Board

The city of Port St. Lucie is accepting applications for two voluntary positions on the Planning and Zoning Board.

Applicants must have been residents of the city for at least one year. Members serve on a voluntary basis and are subject to the provisions of the Florida Sunshine Law, which requires board members to file a Statement . . . → Read More: City seeks volunteers for Planning and Zoning Board

Bill to exempt county councils from Sunshine Law deferred

by Larry Geller

The House Judiciary Committee today deferred HB2742, the bill that would have exempted county councils from the Sunshine Law.

I was attending a court martial today and could not be at the hearing, but I’m pretty sure that the publicity the bill received from Common Cause tweets, Ian Lind, Civil Beat, this blog and possibly . . . → Read More: Bill to exempt county councils from Sunshine Law deferred

Facebook, other social media hot topic at Collier library meeting

Daily News Correspondent

 

Social media remains a hot topic, especially for librarians.

The Collier County Library Advisory Board met last week to discuss Sunshine and public records laws and how they pertain to social media and new e-book checkouts.

Assistant County Attorney Colleen Greene answered board members’ questions at their meeting Wednesday at the Collier libraries headquarters, 2385 Orange . . . → Read More: Facebook, other social media hot topic at Collier library meeting

Our view: Bad public notice bill dead, good one moves forward

Public and legal notices bills hit the Florida Legislature this year in separate waves.

Fortunately one bill, as Dean Ridings, president and CEO of the Florida Press Association said, is “effectively dead” and the good one, in a House and Senate version, is moving forward.

HB 149 would have removed the requirement to put public notices about foreclosures . . . → Read More: Our view: Bad public notice bill dead, good one moves forward

Sunshine Laws Raise the Stakes in USF Poly Search For New Regional Chancellor

LAKELAND | When University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft removed the leader of the Polytechnic campus from office, she knew hiring a new regional chancellor would be quite a project.

Facts

“References are typically written and submitted, which risks the real plus and minus assessment, since no one … would say anything derogatory.”

Ted Muendel, Stanton Chase International

Florida’s . . . → Read More: Sunshine Laws Raise the Stakes in USF Poly Search For New Regional Chancellor

Phil Lewis: Forecast for Sunshine in Tallahassee

On occasion in Tallahassee, bills are introduced in the State Legislature to amend Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Usually that’s cause for alarm among those who believe ardently in open government and the public’s right to know.

That’s not the case with Senate Bill 206, which is making its way to a vote during the 2012 session. Each step forward . . . → Read More: Phil Lewis: Forecast for Sunshine in Tallahassee

TCPalm: Florida Governor Rick Scott should veto legislation banning public access to recordings related to killings

EDITORIAL

In December 1996, Anderson Tate was arrested on driving violations and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail. Uncooperative, he was bound to a chair where he moaned, prayed, thrashed about and asked for help for three hours. Jail employees and deputies walked by him and ignored his pleas and at least one taunted him.

A video . . . → Read More: TCPalm: Florida Governor Rick Scott should veto legislation banning public access to recordings related to killings