Want to fight voter fraud in Florida? Here’s an easy way, experts say

The 2018 Legislature will decide whether Florida joins partnership Tampa Bay Times by Steve Bousquet December 11, 2017 Voting experts from Alabama to West Virginia urged Florida Monday to join 20 other states in a partnership to scrub its voter
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Senate won’t identify attorney recommended for Latvala probe

POLITICO Florida by Matt Dixon and Alexandra Glorioso December 11, 2017 The Florida Senate is declining to name an attorney who was considered to lead an independent investigation into sexual harassment claims against GOP state Sen. Jack Latvala. In public
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Plant City could keep public records reform moving in Tallahassee

The city’s approved legislative priorities include previously addressed public records reform, opening the possibility for more movement. Plant City Observer by Daniel Figueroa December 8, 2017 Plant City could keep active a statewide conversation on reforming public records laws, including
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Florida’s latest Sunshine bill makes sense, good for public

The News-Press Editorial October 2, 2017 Anytime the Florida Legislature wants to strengthen the state’s Sunshine Law and protect a person’s right to public information, we cheer. That’s because, many times, the lawmakers are trying to weaken what we consider fundamental
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Got whiplash? Absurdity rules in Tally

Florida Politics by Joe Henderson November 1, 2017 Stay with me. This one gets a little weird. While you were distracted by the latest the latest episode of “Florida’s Got Dirt,” your First Amendment rights were put in the crosshairs
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House Leaders Push Bill to Ban Secret Government Contracts

Sunshine State News by Allison Nielsen October 26, 2017 In an effort to promote what he calls “transparency,” House Speaker Richard Corcoran and House lawmakers are pushing legislation to abolish trade secret laws keeping information about economic development contracts with
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Public Meetings Legislation Clears First Senate Committee

Capitol News Service by Jake Stofan October 24, 2017 Public officials may soon have fewer restrictions when it comes to talking with colleagues. A Senate Committee gave unanimous approval to a bill that would exempt public officials from informing the
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An Open Letter to the Constitution Revision Commission

Sunshine State News Op-Ed by Barney Bishop July 24, 2017 Every 20 years the Florida Constitution requires the appointment of a Constitution Revision Commission. The 37-member commission is comprised of appointees by the Senate president and House speaker, with the majority of
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Leon lawmakers score low on open government

Tallahassee Democrat by James Call July 15, 2017 Leon County’s delegation to the Florida Legislature is steadfastly neutral when it comes to open government, according to the Florida Society of Newspapers Editors scorecard. The four lawmakers, though, question the findings. They
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