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Sunshine Week issues model open government proclamation

RESTON, Va. — The organization responsible for administering Sunshine Week today issued a model open-government proclamation that can be used by citizens and community groups to fight for greater transparency in government. The “Sunshine Week Open Government Proclamation,” can be adapted for local, state and federal use by open-government activists, who can use language in…
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FSNE’s letter to Gov. Rick Scott

Dear Gov. Rick Scott: As an organization representing print and digital news organizations around the Sunshine State, The Florida Society of News Editors would like to commend you for reaffirming your commitment to the Office of Open Government, as well as for your efforts to meet with and inform the press. As president of FSNE,…
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The Miami Herald: Scott’s meeting with lawmakers may be a violation

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER TALLAHASSEE — Three top Senate Republicans violated their chamber’s own open meeting requirement when they discussed the state budget at a private dinner with Gov. Rick Scott, a First Amendment attorney said Tuesday. “The meeting was held in a location not open to the public,” said Jim Rhea, director of the…
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AP to develop mobile version of preprint circulars

The Associated Press Board of Directors voted this week to test a mobile version of the preprint circulars that newspapers insert in their weekend sections. The mobile advertising solution, called iCircular, differs from other online coupon and shopping solutions in that it focuses on driving customers into their local retail stores and providing them tools…
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Naples Daily News: Naples activist drops lawsuit against Collier Commission claiming Sunshine Law violation for Jackson Lab tour

BY LIZ FREEMAN COLLIER COUNTY — A Naples man has dropped his lawsuit against the Collier County Commission which argued a Sunshine Law violation occurred when two commissioners traveled to Maine last summer to tour Jackson Laboratory. The lawsuit was filed by John Lundin, who said the commission violated the public meetings law when it allowed…
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Highlights from Jan. 18, 2011, board meeting in Tallahassee

Present: Jim Baltzelle, president; Gil Thelen, executive director; Patty Cox, treasurer; Rick Hirsch, past president; Mark Russell, Terry Eberle, Mike Connelly, Manny Garcia, Barbara Petersen, Larry Sullivan, Bob Gabordi, Barbara Petersen, Dave Carlson On the phone: Tony Fins, Cory Lancaster, Sara Quinn, Mark Tomasik. Baltzelle called the meeting to order at 10:03 a.m. Approval of…
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Highlights from Sept. 27, 2010, FSNE board meeting in Stuart

Present: Jim Baltzelle, president; Cory Lancaster, vice president; Patty Cox, secretary-treasurer; Gil Thelen, executive director; Mark Russell, Terry Eberle, Mark Tomasik, Mike Connelly, Manny Garcia, Rick Hirsch. On the phone: Tony Fins, Dave Carlson. Absent: Bob Gabordi, Barbara Petersen, Dean Ridings, Sara Quinn, Larry Sullivan. Baltzelle called the meeting to order at 10:07 a.m. Thelen…
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Minutes from June 17, 2010, FSNE board meeting in Sarasota

Present: President Rick Hirsch, Vice President Jim Baltzelle, Treasurer Cory Lancaster, Patty Cox, Barbara Petersen, Mark Russell, Terry Eberle, Mark Tomasik, Mike Connelly, Bill McKeen, Sara Quinn, Manny Garcia, Dave Carlson. On the phone: Antonio Fins. Hirsch called the meeting to order at 10:07 a.m. Approval of April minutes The minutes for the April board…
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Minutes from April 19, 2010, FSNE board meeting at The Miami Herald

Taken by vice president, Jim Baltzelle At the Herald: Mark Tomasik, veteran member Tony Fins Manny Garcia Patty Cox Gil Thelen, executive director Terry Eberle, veteran member Rick Hirsch, president Jim Baltzelle, vice president On the phone: Sara Quinn Mark Russell Cory Lancaster, secretary Bob Gabordi Bill McKeen Hirsch called the meeting to order at…
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Highlights from FSNE board meeting Jan. 26, 2010

FSNE members: Our board met recently in Tallahassee, and we wanted to bring you up to speed on key points regarding FSNE leadership, membership, Sunshine Week, our multimedia training efforts and the 2010 FSNE contests. Our next meeting, by the way, is April 19 at The Miami Herald in Miami. Here are the highlights from…
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