House demands TV producer of Food Network show disclose details of $11.6M contracts with Visit Florida, others

POLITICO by Arek Sarkissian December 6, 2017 A Florida House committee looking into Visit Florida’s spending on tourism promotion is going to court to force a Tallahassee-based television producer to divulge financial details of nearly $12 million in taxpayer-funded payments
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Producer sues to keep Emeril cooking show records from Corcoran

Orlando Sentinel via Associated Press November 3, 2017 A television show hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is at the center of a brewing court battle pitting the Florida House against the producer of the cooking show. The Republican-controlled House wants years
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House wants to clamp down on ‘trade secrets’

Florida Politics by Danny McAuliffe October 26, 2017 House Speaker Richard Corcoran has opened the next front in his personal war for transparency, moving legislation that would bar companies seeking to do business with the state from hiding information behind claims of
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House wants to close ‘trade secret’ loophole that keeps contracts and financials from public

No sign this will force disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracking Tampa Bay Times by Mary Ellen Klas October 26, 2017 Companies that do business in Florida would no longer be able to hide behind a trade secrets exemption
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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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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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No-bid $900K Visit Florida contract gets quiet approval

POLITICO by Matt Dixon October 17, 2017 Less than three months after a legislative session dominated by a fight over adding transparency to spending by Visit Florida, a no-bid $900,000 contract administered by that organization was quietly approved with no
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Corcoran unhappy with Visit Orlando response, will seek more info

Orlando Sentinel by Gray Rohrer October 11, 2017 House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s quest for transparency at Visit Orlando and other local tourism marketing groups throughout the state will continue, despite a letter from Visit Orlando on Tuesday disclosing details about
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Florida House Speaker demands information from Visit Orlando

Orlando Sentinel by Gabrielle Russon October 3, 2017 Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent a letter Tuesday to Visit Orlando, demanding the agency disclose whether taxpayer money was spent on advertising or naming-rights deals with WOFL-Fox 35. Corcoran has been pushing
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First Amendment Foundation backing Richard Corcoran on transparency

Saint Petersblog by Jim Rosica August 29, 2017 The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, the state’s public records and open meetings watchdog, says it is supporting House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s “efforts on (tourism money) transparency and accountability.” In a letter to Corcoran sent Tuesday by
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