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Richard White: The less you put in your minutes the better

Q. I continue to enjoy and learn from your weekly column. I recall a recent column which reviewed the requirements for board minutes of a HOA. I especially appreciated your advice that minutes do not need to include discussion. I am trying to recall whether mandatory inclusion of votes must disclose who voted or only…
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Court orders attorney to release public records

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Citizen activist Suzanne Harris secured a public records law victory Monday over George Ralph Miller, the former Walton County attorney. Circuit Court Judge Howard LaPorte ruled that Miller, as the county’s legal representative, had intentionally prevented Harris from obtaining records she was entitled to. He gave Miller 48 hours to make good…
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Pensacola News Journal: Santa Rosa dismantles TEAM

After a five-year fight, TEAM Santa Rosa, an organization working without a contract, operating outside of the sunshine and allotting members grants, is being dismantled and a new entity will be formed to take its place — evidence of how citizen activism works. BY LOUIS COOPER Pensacola News Journal The group charged with designing an…
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Naples Daily News: Fighting for more open records in Florida

EDITORIAL Gaetz, of Niceville, near Pensacola in the Panhandle, is laying his power on the line to make an important point. That point is that emails are public records, just like paper files, and they are to be protected and stored for public inspection — even during transitions of power from one governor to the…
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St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald: Inside Rick Scott’s BlackBerry

BY MICHAEL C. BENDER TALLAHASSEE — The Governor’s Office released 87 pages of public records Friday showing e-mails Gov. Rick Scott sent and received in the final days of his transition into office that have yet to be made public. The documents, which the Governor’s Office has had for nearly six months, include about 65…
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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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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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St. Petersburg Times: Keep openness in court

EDITORIAL As the adage goes, hard cases can make bad law. They also can result in closing public records that should not be kept secret. As the anger over the outcome of the Casey Anthony case fades, so should interest by state lawmakers in filing legislation to keep the names of jurors secret. Judges already…
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St. Petersburg Times: Scott veto strikes a blow for openness

EDITORIAL Gov. Rick Scott acted on behalf of Floridians Friday by vetoing a bill that would have driven underground the business of the state’s airports. Even for a Legislature with open contempt for open government, this bill was extreme and an invitation to scandal. Scott did the right thing by rejecting a measure that could…
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