Florida wipes inspections of troubled nursing homes from its website

Miami Herald by Carol Marbin Miller and Caitlin Ostroff November 17, 2017 On a good day, Olga Vasquez would dress up in the morning, apply makeup and stand in the hallway at her Hialeah Gardens nursing home, helping other residents
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Florida spent $22,000 to remove online nursing home info from public view

“I’m just stunned,” said Barbara A. Petersen, who is the president of the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee, an open-government group. “Government serves the people. They are doing a disservice, and one with potentially grave consequences.” Tampa Bay Times by
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Hillsborough may go after citizens who filed ethics complaints against Ken Hagan

WTSP by Noah Pransky November 15, 2017 The county commission will vote Wednesday on a request from Commissioner Ken Hagan to seek financial retribution from citizen watchdogs who filed ethics complaints against him following a 2015 series by 10Investigates regarding Hagan’s
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The Rotunda Episode 127: Open Government

Tallahassee Democrat’s by The Rotunda’s Trimmel Gomes November 14, 2017 On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, as officials in Tallahassee and the legislature find themselves marred in controversy, Barbra Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, a Tallahassee-based
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Water district exempts panel from Sunshine Law, allows members to talk outside meetings

TC Palm by Lucas Daprille November 14, 2017 The South Florida Water Management District has changed an advisory commission to an “analysis coalition” so it doesn’t have to follow the state’s Sunshine Law. The district rewrote the Water Resources Advisory Commission’s charter
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‘Deeply troubling,’ First Amendment Foundation calls Hagan request

WTSP by Noah Pransky November 14, 2017 A state watchdog says it is “deeply troubling” that Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan is seeking reimbursement from four citizens for legal bills that stemmed from ethics complaints against him. The state recently ruled there was no probable
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City: Fernandez deleted text messages to lobbyist

City wants $22,275 for additional public records subpoeaned by FBI Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 7, 2017 City Manager Rick Fernandez deleted from his cell phone a text message chain with a lobbyist who he asked for pricey football tickets, believing
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Don’t tinker with privacy

Panama City News Herald Editorial November 6, 2017 Don’t make the definition of privacy too narrow. A member of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission is proposing an amendment that would add 10 words to a section of the state constitution —
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