The News-Press: Scott record mixed toward open access

EDITORIAL

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sends mixed messages about his commitment to open government.

On the one hand, the governor has signed executive orders advancing, or vetoed bills limiting, the public’s access to state documents.

On the other hand, Scott continues to insist on a paywall for members of the public who request these documents — creating an unnecessary . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Scott record mixed toward open access

The News-Press: Florida public records rule a wonder

BY BETTY PARKER

With all the attention given a Florida law that exempts community college employees’ evaluations from being subject to the public records law, there’s some question over how such a narrow, specific exemption came into being.

No other groups in all the education world were exempted, just those in community colleges. And how that came about . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Florida public records rule a wonder

The News-Press: Open access, records are essential to democracy

BY TERRY EBERLE

What are public officials afraid of?

Why do they spend so much time fighting openness?

Let the sunshine in.

The latest example is with Edison State College. We have been asking for public records for more than 10 weeks and they are just dribbling in a few at a time. Now we find they didn’t even keep . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Open access, records are essential to democracy

The News-Press: Governor must honor open records vow

EDITORIAL

Gov. Rick Scott has been criticized for failing to support Florida’s strong legacy of open government, but he could rebut his critics by vetoing bills making it harder for the press or citizens to check out suspicious deaths, abuse of seniors and public airport records.

It’s a chance for Scott to redeem his vow to champion open . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Governor must honor open records vow

The News-Press: Public records are yours, not the state’s

BY TERRY EBERLE

Freedom is not for the weak, poor or uninterested. It takes money and tenacity.

Florida has one of the strongest open-records laws in all of the U.S. It is part of our Constitution and must be defended each and every year.

It is your law and mine. It allows you to see what your government is . . . → Read More: The News-Press: Public records are yours, not the state’s