Editorials: Prison privatization should be public

The Gainesville Sun: ‘It stinks’

In an editorial just a few days ago we noted the tendency of state lawmakers to impose Government-in-the-Sunshine mandates on city and county commissions that they wouldn’t dream of following themselves.

Since we made that observation, Tallahassee’s “do as we say, not as we do” contempt for the principles of open government has . . . → Read More: Editorials: Prison privatization should be public

Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment experts applaud Senate action on public-speaking bill

BY JEFF BURLEW

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, is applauding senators who earlier today unanimously voted in favor of a bill granting citizens the right to speak during public meetings.

“It’s a great bill — it really is,” Petersen said. “It rights a very significant wrong.”

Florida is known for having a strong Sunshine Law. However, . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment experts applaud Senate action on public-speaking bill

Tallahassee Democrat: LCSO jail database changes a step backward for public access

BY REBECCAH CANTLEY

In response to a scam, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office this past week changed the way the public can search online for information about arrests and people who are being held in the jail.

No longer can the public search the inmate database by arrest date or name alone. Now the search requires that you . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: LCSO jail database changes a step backward for public access

Florida Independent: State Rep. Perman calls on Scott to open up public records

BY TRAVIS PILLOW

Gov. Rick Scott is again under fire for his public records policies, this time from freshman state Rep. Steve Perman, D-Boca Raton, who sent him a letter asking him to make records more accessible. Read it after the jump.

The Tallahasee Democrat editorial he mentions is behind a paywall, but is available free from Florida . . . → Read More: Florida Independent: State Rep. Perman calls on Scott to open up public records

Tallahassee Democrat: Governor needs to defend open government

EDITORIAL

We’ve said it here countless times — the openness of government in Florida is a model for the nation, and something to be treasured and preserved by its citizens.

Yet every year, there are attempts to chip away at open government, and this year is no exception.

The First Amendment Foundation, a private, nonpartisan guardian of Florida’s Sunshine . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: Governor needs to defend open government

Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment advocates say Scott should veto bills that would hurt open government

BY JIM ASH
Florida Capital Bureau Chief

Governor Rick Scott, the political newcomer who critics say has a tin ear for open government, is the last hope for First Amendment advocates who want him to veto bills that they contend would make it harder to investigate suspicious deaths, elder abuse and wasteful spending.

Read . . . → Read More: Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment advocates say Scott should veto bills that would hurt open government