Tag: Public Records

Palm Beach County Health Care District sued by former internal watchdog, who claims retaliation

The former compliance officer for the Palm Beach County Health Care District, RoxAnne Harris, has sued the agency, claiming the district fired her in retaliation for launching an investigation that included the hand­ling of email archive security. The suit comes after the Health Care District board split 3-3 on Jan. 11 on whether to accept…
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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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Times-Union: Jacksonville man who won public records lawsuit must pay legal bills, judge says

BY STEVE PATTERSON A Jacksonville man who sued a city pension fund over public records violations isn’t entitled to recover the more than $30,000 he spent on  legal fees, a judge has ruled. Circuit Judge James H. Daniel ruled last week that Curtis Lee was entitled to $1,245 for other expenses he faced suing the Jacksonville Police …
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Miami Herald: Gov. Scott’s public records chief leaving to run for Martin County clerk

Carolyn Timmann, the head of Gov. Rick Scott’s very busy Office  of Open Government, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin Circuit Court. Timmann has had many a fire, literally and figuratively, to handle  during her year in Scott’s administration. (She was the first to smell  smoke from the cigar-sparked trash can fire in…
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TC Palm: Passage of House Bill 629 — regarding public records of certain Florida government personnel — would fuel perception they’re getting preferential treatment over Joe Citizen

EDITORIAL So much for good intentions. Florida Statute 119.071(4)(d)1 creates a number of exemptions on the release of information of law enforcement personnel, including active and former law enforcement and corrections officers, as well as firefighters, current (and former) state attorneys, assistant state attorneys and so on. Exempted information includes home addresses, telephone numbers, Social…
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Miami Herald: Request for video of bus driver’s shooting death denied

BY TODD RUGER SARASOTA COUNTY – Detectives in the James Brotherton killing last month got a copy of an amazing piece of evidence: a video of the Port Charlotte man getting shot outside the Gulf Gate Library. That usually means the public will be able to see the video, because it is a key part…
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Orlando Sentinel: State should make incentive data public

BY BETH KASSAB If Doug Darling, the state’s new “economic opportunity” director, really wants to get aggressive when it comes to holding accountable companies that accept public incentive dollars, there’s an easy way to do it. Make the information public. A radical idea? No, but it’s one Florida has simply shrugged at for decades. Read…
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Miami Herald: Scott’s transparency problem

EDITORIAL For a governor who promised accountability as a candidate, Rick Scott sure  has a lot of explaining to do. Not once, not twice, but now there has been a third incident involving a “technological mix-up” at the governor’s office that has mysteriously resulted  in emails evaporating into cyberspace. Like magic — after a public…
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Miami Herald: Bondi calls $10k bill for public records ‘indefensible’

Naked Politics Blog Attorney General Pam Bondi said it was “indefensible” that the state gave  state Sen. Mike Fasano a  $10,000 estimate for collecting public records regarding Florida pension  investments. “I’ve lost sleep over this bill,” Bondi told State Board of Administration  Director Ash Williams. Read more here.

Tallahassee Democrat: LCSO jail database changes a step backward for public access

BY REBECCAH CANTLEY In response to a scam, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office this past week changed the way the public can search online for information about arrests and people who are being held in the jail. No longer can the public search the inmate database by arrest date or name alone. Now the search…
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