Ocala Star-Banner: Non-lawyers criticize restrictions on electronic access to case files

BY SUEVON LEE Her response? Take it up with the chief judge of the 5th Circuit. “There is a rule in effect with regard to electronic access to court records and the chief judge has to follow that order,” explained Judith Kreeger, the chairwoman of the commission and a senior judge in Miami-Dade. “If the…
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House Speaker Dean Cannon wants records on all complaints against judges to be open to the public

BY BILL KACZOR, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — House Speaker Dean Cannon wants records on all complaints against judges to be open to the public. Those proposals also would require changing the Florida Constitution. Read: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/07/2102018/house-speaker-wants-2-florida.html#ixzz1G8Li63Im

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…
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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…
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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…
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Politico: Scott and the press, still sparring

BY BEN SMITH Byron and I wrote last month about Rick Scott’s war with the rowdy Tallahassee press corps, rooted in part in the usual sparring match between a new executive and one of the last large state, and also in part on Scott’s efforts to resist Florida’s very broad sunshine laws. Read: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0311/Scott_and_the_press_still_sparring.html?showall

In honor of Sunshine Week: Two public records sites

The site governmentattic.org provides electronic copies of hundreds of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Fascinating historical documents, reports on items in the news, oddities and fun stuff and government bloopers, they’re all there. Think of browsing the site as rummaging through the Government’s Attic — hence the name. At getgrandpasfbifile.com,…
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First Amendment Foundation: 2011 Legislative Pre-Session Report

From the First Amendment Foundation: The following is a list of the bills we will be tracking throughout the 2011 Legislative Session. As usual, we have selected those bills with open government and first amendment implications we think will be of interest to our members. After the summary of each open government bill, you will…
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Naples Daily News: Marines’ ‘free press’ tradition marches on

BY PHIL LEWIS When a fellow named Mike Trephan came to me eight years back with the idea of having the local Marine Corps League sponsor an “Honor the Free Press Day,” I was all for it, yet a bit skeptical. Trephan’s plan called for a day of observance each year in Naples featuring a…
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Sunshine Recognitio​n Luncheon: Seats still available!

As you know, the First Amendment Foundation sponsors an annual Sunshine Recognition Luncheon during the legislative session.  The Sunshine Recognition Luncheon honors previous winners of the Pete Weitzel/Friend of the First Amendment Award, and is a great opportunity to associate your organization with the Foundation’s efforts, to invite your local legislators to lunch, and to…
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