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Author: Lydia Harvey

First Amendment Foundation: Action needed on Sunshine bill

STARTING THE 2012 SESSION ON THE RIGHT NOTE! As usual, we have dozens of open government bills on our tracking list for the 2012 session – and another half dozen added just this morning – but what is not so usual is that one of our good government bills is scheduled for a hearing the very…
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Facebook complicated for public officials

BY CARRIE WELLS Public officials might have more to worry about with Facebook than just an embarrassing picture from college resurfacing. Seemingly innocuous posts could become minefields of litigation under Florida’s tough public records laws, which require everything on an elected official’s or government’s page to be carefully catalogued. If elected officials are caught chatting…
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Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

BY TIMES STAFF Bonnie Hazelton, director of the Office of the Ombudsman and Public Services, will take over as director of Gov. Rick Scott’s Office of Open Government, Scott’s office announced today. Current director, Carolyn Timmann, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin County Court. The move is one of several announced today, including…
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Times-Union: Jacksonville man who won public records lawsuit must pay legal bills, judge says

BY STEVE PATTERSON A Jacksonville man who sued a city pension fund over public records violations isn’t entitled to recover the more than $30,000 he spent on  legal fees, a judge has ruled. Circuit Judge James H. Daniel ruled last week that Curtis Lee was entitled to $1,245 for other expenses he faced suing the Jacksonville Police …
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Miami Herald: Gov. Scott’s public records chief leaving to run for Martin County clerk

Carolyn Timmann, the head of Gov. Rick Scott’s very busy Office  of Open Government, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin Circuit Court. Timmann has had many a fire, literally and figuratively, to handle  during her year in Scott’s administration. (She was the first to smell  smoke from the cigar-sparked trash can fire in…
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TC Palm: Passage of House Bill 629 — regarding public records of certain Florida government personnel — would fuel perception they’re getting preferential treatment over Joe Citizen

EDITORIAL So much for good intentions. Florida Statute 119.071(4)(d)1 creates a number of exemptions on the release of information of law enforcement personnel, including active and former law enforcement and corrections officers, as well as firefighters, current (and former) state attorneys, assistant state attorneys and so on. Exempted information includes home addresses, telephone numbers, Social…
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Miami Herald: Request for video of bus driver’s shooting death denied

BY TODD RUGER SARASOTA COUNTY – Detectives in the James Brotherton killing last month got a copy of an amazing piece of evidence: a video of the Port Charlotte man getting shot outside the Gulf Gate Library. That usually means the public will be able to see the video, because it is a key part…
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November board meeting minutes

Board Meeting, Nov. 1, 2011 Tallahassee Democrat Present: Cory Lancaster, Mike Connelly, Jim Baltzelle, Mc Nelly Torres, Bob Gabordi, David Carlson, Dean Ridings, Gil Thelen On the phone: Mark Russell, Rick Hirsch, Manny Garcia, Tony Fins, Mike Wilson, Chris Porter, Dennis Durkee, Frank Denton Also present: Sam Morley, Sandy D’Alemberte, Patsy Palmer Meeting called to…
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Daytona Beach News-Journal: State attorney to host Sunshine Law seminar

STAFF REPORT State Attorney R.J. Larizza will co-host a public records and Government in the Sunshine seminar on Friday in St. Augustine. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, is designed to help people who work in government understand Florida’s public records law. The purpose, organizers said, is to help “avoid unintended…
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Sun Sentinel: Former editor Earl Maucker enters political arena

BY ANTHONY MAN Former Sun Sentinel editor Earl Maucker, who served as an appointed Lighthouse Point commissioner early this year, must have liked his couple of months as a government official. Maucker said Tuesday he’s running for a full term on the Lighthouse Point City Commission. He was editor of the Sun Sentinel for 16…
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