Author: Lydia Harvey

St. Petersburg Times: Concealing public business from view

EDITORIAL Charging a fortune for public records is a clear attempt to evade Florida’s sunshine laws and conceal public business from public view. That seems to be the motivation behind an invoice sent to state Sen. Mike Fasano for more than $10,000 for public records from Ash Williams, executive director of the state agency that…
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St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: E-mails deleted from Gov. Rick Scott’s iPad as more records requests go unfulfilled

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE — For a second time, e-mails to and from Florida Gov. Rick Scott have been deleted in possible violation of state law. Scott’s team acknowledged in August, months after a Times/Herald request for transition records, that dozens of e-mail accounts had been deleted from a private computer server…
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Miami Herald: Florida gets a B for transparency in government websites

Naked Politics Blog That’s according to a study by the Sunshine Review, a nonprofit  organization  that analyzes state and local government websites using a transparency checklist. The  group recognized several local entities for having outstanding  government websites that provide information on budgets, elected  officials,  open meetings laws and taxes, among other criteria. Read more here.

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Open government is your right — learn how to use it

BY PAT RICE, NEWS-JOURNAL EDITOR Consider this column your personal invitation to attend an event where you can learn about Florida’s Sunshine Laws, and how you can use those laws to ensure that you know how local and state government conducts the taxpayers’ business. The “2011 Sunshine Seminar” is sponsored by The First Amendment Foundation…
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Sun-Sentinel: Employers getting state money for jobs can go unnamed for a year

BY MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS Secrecy is often a part of negotiating for a new headquarters or an expansion of a company in Florida. But even when the deal is done, Florida’s economic development agency often keeps the employer’s identity from the public for 12 months. Sometimes, regional agencies announce the newly relocating company and jobs…
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The Ledger: First Amendment seminar to shed light on public record laws

The First Amendment Foundation is hosting a Sunshine Seminar in Orlando on Sept. 26 to provide an overview of Florida’s public records and public meeting requirements. The seminars are helpful for anyone who uses public records as well as for agency employees who are required to stay current on the law. Additionally, all attendees receive…
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St. Petersburg Times: Gov. Rick Scott’s original transition e-mails accidentally deleted, state now says

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER TALLAHASSEE The e-mail accounts of Rick Scott and most of the governor-elect’s transition team were deleted soon after he took office, potentially erasing public records that state law requires be kept. Scott’s team acknowledged for the first time this week that the private company providing e-mail service deleted the records as…
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TC Palm: Florida’s First Amendment Foundation seminars offer Treasure Coast officials opportunity to gain better understanding of state’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law

EDITORIAL Some elected officials and government employees on the Treasure Coast could use a refresher course in Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. Need proof? Read more here.

St. Petersburg Times: Florida state investment chief says transparency was a big issue for lawmakers in 2011

BY AARON SHAROCKMAN, Times Staff Writer Facing criticisms about the handling of the state’s $130 billion investment portfolio, the executive director and chief investment officer of the State Board of Administration tried to reassure Gov. Rick Scott that everything is fine. The back-and-forth between SBA executive director Ash Williams and Scott came Tuesday during a…
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Associated Press: Anthony judge wants public records law changed

BY MIKE SCHNEIDER ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The judge in the Casey Anthony case has urged the Florida Legislature to change the state’s laws to keep jurors’ names secret in high-profile cases, especially when they might receive threats because of a verdict. Judge Belvin Perry wrote in an order that releasing the names of jurors…
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