Tag: Sunshine Law

Ocala Star-Banner: Scott’s abuse of the Sunshine Law

EDITORIAL In the Sunshine State, we have a set of laws intended to assure the public’s right to know what its governments and its elected representatives are doing with our tax dollars and other public resources. It is appropriately name the Florida Sunshine Law. But now it seems, government has figured out how to block…
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Hometown News: Attorney Jon Kaney honored for Sunshine Law work

DAYTONA BEACH – Cobb Cole Attorney Jon Kaney was presented with the James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award from the First Amendment Foundation recently. The nomination and the award were based on his leadership role in The Bert Fish Foundation Inc. v. Southeast Volusia Hospital District suit and his enduring commitment to ensuring that Florida government…
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St. Petersburg Times: Government secrecy in Florida is out of hand

BY HOWARD TROXLER We have a simple and important principle in Florida: What the government does is the public’s business. Put another way, the taxpayers of Florida have the right to know what their government is doing. Read more here.

Pensacola News Journal: Scott’s veto pen needed

EDITORIAL What the public sees under Florida’s Sunshine Law isn’t always pretty — but it can be critically important. Gov. Rick Scott should veto legislation restricting public access to photographs, video and audio recordings of deaths captured by police or other official recordings. No, that’s not an argument to routinely display them on television or…
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Naples Daily News: Records requests Governor’s office policy blocks public’s sunshine

Claiming a “tremendous increase in public records requests” that are taking “a great toll on existing information technology and other labor resources,” the office of Gov. Rick Scott recently announced a new policy establishing procedures and fees for responding to requests for copies of public documents. Purportedly to reduce the cost to taxpayers in general…
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Times/Herald: U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson cites boot camp death in opposition to bill that would keep videos of murders from public

BY PATRICIA MAZZEI TALLAHASSEE — Don’t tell U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson that videos of murders should be kept from the public. The video of the brutal death of 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson at the hands of security guards at a juvenile boot camp in 2006 prompted Wilson and other lawmakers to close all of the…
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The Palm Beach Post: Keep public notices in the sunshine

BY DOMINIC M. CALABRO We at Florida TaxWatch hold dear the independent, unfiltered manner of government entities placing public notices in local newspapers of record. If House Bill 89, which proposes moving public notices to government-run websites, would save a great deal of taxpayer money, Florida TaxWatch would have been a vocal proponent. No one…
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The Wall Street Journal: The rough road from business to politics

In an interview Thursday, Mr. Scott said one thing that surprised him was the power of the state’s “sunshine” law. “My emails became public record the moment I won the election,” he said. “I never thought about that.” Read more here.