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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Florida Man Back at Supreme Court With 1st Amendment Case

US News and World Report by Curt Anderson, AP November 13, 2017 The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a First Amendment case brought by a Florida man who previously won a landmark ruling from the justices on whether his floating
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FAF creates Lucy Morgan award to honor journalists who smartly use public record

The First Amendment Foundation will honor Lucy Morgan with the creation of the Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting. The award’s namesake is a former Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) who broke
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Lawsuit contends Florida governor is flouting disclosure law

Associated Press by Gary Fineout November 9, 2017 A lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Tallahassee attorney contends that Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sidestepped state laws that require him to fully disclose the extent of his vast personal wealth. Don
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‘Privacy’ amendment to Florida Constitution is bad idea | Thumb down

TC Palm Editorial November 2, 2017 Florida residents are lucky. We’re guaranteed access to public records by some of the strongest sunshine laws in the country. Those laws help expose corruption and track how taxpayer money is spent. But a new
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Fla. Privacy Proposal A Blow To Transparency, Group Says

Law360 by Sophia Morris November 1, 2017 A Florida transparency watchdog criticized a proposed amendment to the right to privacy section of the state’s constitution, warning that the changes could restrict access to public records as the Legislature may be
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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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John Stemberger: Constitutional privacy fix will protect Floridians

Florida Politics by John Stemberger, Guest Author November 1, 2017 John Stemberger is a member of the 2017-18 Florida Constitution Revision Commission. He is an Orlando attorney, president of Florida Family Action Council, a conservative anti-abortion and anti-marriage equality group. I read with
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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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