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Tag: Open government

Sunshine Week: A commitment to open government

Posted: March 8, 2012 | Tags: Sunshine Week Next week is Sunshine Week, designed to bring attention to the merits and benefits of having an open government. The main sponsors of the week are the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. In some ways, it is bittersweet to have…
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Fla. lawmakers pass public-records bill

ASSOCIATED PRESS WIRE REPORT Thursday, March 8, 2012 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s next governor and other statewide-elected officials will have to preserve and make public any documents and e-mails they send between their election and the time they are officially sworn into office. The Florida Legislature has unanimously passed a bill that was sparked by…
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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULING

Sunshine In Lakeland District Two substantial events took place in Tallahassee on Friday: completion of the Florida Legislature’s annual 60-day session — scheduled two months early this year to provide time for the Florida Supreme Court to rule on new voting districts drawn by the Legislature for the state House and Senate, and the U.S.…
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Judge: Retry beating case against Sarasota officer

Lee Williams Published: Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 12:56 p.m. SARASOTA – A judge’s order issued last week will make it very difficult for the Sarasota Police officer who was caught on video and later fired for kicking a handcuffed Guatemalan immigrant to get his job back. The ruling brings clarity to the convoluted case, and…
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South Daytona vice mayor opens email list to avoid dispute

BY RAY WEISS, STAFF WRITER February 24, 2012 12:05 AM SOUTH DAYTONA — Rather than test the Sunshine Law, Vice Mayor Nancy Long Thursday decided to release the names of the residents she sent a private “Happy Holidays” email to in December, which included her views on the potential purchase of Florida Power & Light’s…
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Sheriff should clear the air in Palm Coast case

The death of Palm Coast resident Francoise Pecqueur continues to raise troubling questions about law enforcement in Flagler County. This newspaper is pursuing answers to those questions, first and foremost, because a woman died under murky circumstances. Three months later, the case remains under investigation, inviting public interest and concern about the outcome. Finally, Flagler…
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Condo Q&A: Do emails count as a board meeting?

Question:Is it considered a meeting of the board of directors if the president or another member of the board emails the other members of the board seeking a discussion about an issue to be brought before the board at an established board meeting occurring at a later date? — J.J. Poliakoffs: The issue you’ve raised is…
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Editorial: Open government legislation in Florida Legislature good step, but does not go far enough

Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature helps clarify responsibilities of some, though not all elected officials Legislation pending in the Florida Legislature goes a long way in establishing when elected officials must comply with the state’s open meetings and public records laws. But, at least for the current session of the Legislature, the improvements don’t…
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Florida Senate approves Negron bill clarifying public’s right to comment in meetings

TALLAHASSEE — The state Senate unanimously agreed Tuesday that under Florida law, public meeting attendees should have a fair shot to voice their opinions. Sen. Joe Negron‘s SB 206, which cleared the Senate 40-0 without debate or drama, would give the public the “reasonable” right to testify during most public meetings. Without Negron’s bill, there…
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Tweets, postings trigger public records rules for officials

Every tweet, every “Like,” every photo, every status update … even who they “poke.” Every time local-government officials in Florida use social media in their public position they are creating a public record, something they’re required to keep and produce upon request. More Broward and Palm Beach county public officials are turning to social media…
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