Mayor creates Office of Public Accountability

03/19/2012

by Joe Wilhelm Jr., Staff Writer

Mayor Alvin Brown marked the end of Sunshine Week last week by signing legislation that approved a director and funding for the new Ethics, Compliance and Oversight Office and announced the creation of the Office of Public Accountability.

The mayor’s signature was the last step for ordinances 2012-10, which appointed Carla Miller . . . → Read More: Mayor creates Office of Public Accountability

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

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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

OPINION: Sunshine Week ’12: Promoting openness

Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

Sunshine Week, March 11-17, 2012, is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of . . . → Read More: OPINION: Sunshine Week ’12: Promoting openness

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

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