Tallahassee: Obfuscation and Secrecy vs. Transparency and Accountability

October 30, 2017 Over the weekend, the First Amendment Foundation (FAF) sent a strongly worded letter to Tallahassee City Attorney Lewis B. Shelley requesting that he perform a thorough investigation into the process by which city employees attempted to comply with
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House wants local tourist tax spending public, repurposed

Tallahassee Democrat by Arek Sarkissian October 26, 2017 A trio of bills House Speaker Richard Corcoran unveiled Thursday would force local tourism and economic development agencies to publicize lucrative contracts, undergo regular audits and stop using trade secrets to hide financial deals. Local tourism
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FAF Supports Speaker Corcoran’s efforts on transparency and accountability

[view PDF version]  August 29, 2017 The Honorable Richard Corcoran, Speaker Florida House of Representatives 420 The Capitol 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Dear Mr. Speaker: We read with great interest your comments in the Orlando Sentinel regarding
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House leader wants answers from local tourism agencies on spending

Tallahassee Democrat by Arek Sarkissian August 25, 2017 House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants a dozen tourism offices to show how they spent more than $550 million in locally collected taxpayer dollars after they stepped away from VISIT FLORIDA to avoid new
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Open data, government and citizen perceptions: First national survey, by the Pew Research Center 2015 – Journalist’s Resource

The push for open government and open data by federal officials, as well as authorities across many states and cities, can seem an unmitigated good. Talk to journalists, however, and there are myriad areas where they believe government at all
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State legislatures seek to exempt police body camera footage from open records laws – Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Dozens of state legislatures across the United States are considering legislation that would exempt footage from police body-worn cameras, or “bodycams,” from disclosure under state open records laws, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has learned. Though the
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