Visit Orlando hides spending records for millions of tax dollars

Orlando Sentinel column by Scott Maxwell August 25, 2017 Three decades ago, local leaders wanted to do more to promote Orlando as a vacation destination. Basically, the tourism industry was tired of paying for all its own advertising. So chamber-of-commerce
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Victory in the Ninth Circuit for FAC and for Government Transparency

August 25, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact David Snyder, Executive Director, 415-460-5060, The First Amendment Coalition today secured an important victory in its long-running fight with the U.S. Department of Justice to bring to public light legal memos analyzing
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How much secrecy does Spaceport America need?

The Spaceport wants the ability to keep all sorts of information secret, including the identities of commercial space companies doing business there.  Las Cruces Sun-News by Heath Haussamen About this series: This article is part of an series examining Spaceport America’s impact
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It’s called a public record for a reason

Panama City News Herald Editorial August 22, 2017 A public record by any other name still is a public record. But public records requests aren’t always simple. There are caveats to protect private information, such as Social Security numbers. There
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CRC: How to Submit a Proposed Constitutional Amendment Through FLCRC.GOV

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2017 Contact: Meredith Beatrice, (850) 508-5204 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) released a new infographic showing the simple steps Floridians can take to submit a proposed constitutional amendment through CRC Chairman
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Fort Myers pays outside lawyer to keep corruption documents closed to public

A scathing 72-page report released Wednesday outlines a toxic culture within the Fort Myers Police Department. The News-Press by Cody Dulaney August 21, 2017 The city of Fort Myers is paying an outside lawyer $220 an hour to help keep
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Experts split on cost of PCB public records

One First Amendment expert called the bills “a barrier to the public’s right of access,” while another said the costs are substantiated. Panama City News Herald by John Henderson August 18, 2017 Experts on public records law are split on
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Email shows Rep. Larry Ahern disagreed with law he drafted

Tampa Bay Times by Mark Puente August 14, 2017 When state Rep. Larry Ahern was tabbed earlier this year to craft a bill to reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, he said publicly there was no need to disband
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