FSNE April 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

FSNE Board Meeting

Monday, April 29, 2013

Via conference call

 

Present on the call: Mark Russell, Doug Ray, Dave Carlson, Jim Baltzelle, McNelly Torres, Frank Denton, Chris Porter, Dennis Durkee, Bob Gabordi, Kenny Irby, Mike Wilson, Cory Lancaster, Gil Thelen.

President Russell called the meeting to order at 10:31 a.m. The minutes of the January board meeting were introduced, moved, . . . → Read More: FSNE April 2013 Board Meeting Minutes

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’

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

Obama wants it both ways on Sunshine Week

James Madison’s birthday will be celebrated Wednesday at the Newseum with the induction of a new class of members into the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame, to be hosted by the First Amendment Center. The main focus of the Newseum event will be Madison’s role as author of the Bill of Rights, especially . . . → Read More: Obama wants it both ways on Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week issues model open-government proclamation

RESTON, Va. – The organization responsible for administering Sunshine Week today issued a  model open-government proclamation that can be used by citizens and community groups to  fight for greater transparency in government.

The “Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation,” can be adapted for local, state and  federal use by open-government activists, who can use language in the proclamation . . . → Read More: Sunshine Week issues model open-government proclamation

2011 Sunshine Sunday Contributions

2011 Sunshine Sunday contributions are being posted as they are received. Click here to view the official page.

Stories

National Freedom of Information Day by Zack Baddorf, Free Speech Radio News
Florida Gov. Rick Scott Launches Public Records Website by Michael C. Bender, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
Gov. Rick Scott’s Team Struggles to Put Social Media in the Sunshine by Michael . . . → Read More: 2011 Sunshine Sunday Contributions

The Clark Fork Chronicle: Thank you Florida for starting our sunshine laws

BY IAN MARQUAND

It isn’t often that Montanans can say, “Thank you, Florida.” This time of year, however, the Big Sky owes the Sunshine State a tip of the cap. Not because we envy the warmth of its spring (although it certainly is enviable in Montana in mid-March) or its renowned entertainment attractions (although Daytona and Orlando . . . → Read More: The Clark Fork Chronicle: Thank you Florida for starting our sunshine laws

Naples Daily News: Clerk’s role as ‘public trustee’

Guest Commentary 

BY DWIGHT E. BROCK, Clerk of the Circuit Court Collier County

The Constitution of Florida defines the role of the Clerk of the Circuit Court as “Ex-Officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, Auditor, Recorder and Custodian of all County Funds”.

In addition, provisions of the Florida Constitution establish the clerk as an elected “public trustee” . . . → Read More: Naples Daily News: Clerk’s role as ‘public trustee’

Marion County Record: There should be no secrets in public office

BY SUSAN BERG

Sunshine Week is next week. This specific week is not one many put on their calendars or plan parades to celebrate, but it is important to all of us.

The American Society of News Editors initiated the annual observance in March 2005 to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers . . . → Read More: Marion County Record: There should be no secrets in public office

Sunshine Week issues model open government proclamation

RESTON, Va. — The organization responsible for administering Sunshine Week today issued a model open-government proclamation that can be used by citizens and community groups to fight for greater transparency in government.

The “Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation,” can be adapted for local, state and federal use by open-government activists, who can use language in the proclamation . . . → Read More: Sunshine Week issues model open government proclamation