What we want from our lawmakers in 2018

Florida Today Editorial December 22, 2017 Access to public records Every session lawmakers file bills to create exemptions to the Sunshine Law and public records law, which grants access to public documents and meetings. Florida’s laws are among the most transparent in
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New York Governor Bolsters Freedom of Information Law

Ballard Spahr December 14, 2017 Champions of government oversight notched a significant win yesterday as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation strengthening that state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The new legislation makes it easier for requesters stonewalled by
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A ‘travesty’ in Tallahassee?

Takeaways from Tallahassee by Florida Politics’ Peter Schorsch December 11, 2017 A coalition of progressive and open government organizations is again taking the state’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to task, this time for “glaring examples of rule violations” and calling
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Opening Up New York’s Public Records

The New York Times Editorial December 10, 2017 In an age of entrenched political antagonism, here’s a proposition everyone can support: A democratic government should be as open and transparent as possible. No one — not citizens or businesses, not
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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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First Amendment Foundation Seeking Nominations for the Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017 Contact : Rachel Gelbmann rachel@floridafaf.org 850-224-4555 The First Amendment Foundation (FAF) announced the creation of the Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting at a reception November 15 in Tallahassee featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author of Devil in the
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The Rotunda Episode 129: Food for Thought

Tallahassee Democrat by The Rotunda’s Trimmel Gomes November 27, 2017 On Trimmel Gomes’ latest episode of The Rotunda, prominent trial attorney and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan announces his departure from the Democratic Party and a possible run for Governor as
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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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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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