FAF Letter to Sen. Gibson Re: SB 424 Exemption/Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams

[VIEW PDF VERSION] 3 January 2018 The Honorable Audrey Gibson The Florida Senate 404 South Monroe Street, Room 405 Senate Office Building Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 Re: SB 424 Exemption/Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams Dear Senator Gibson: We are writing to
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State Attorney’s Office clears County Commission over ‘shade’ meeting for sheriff budget appeal

Pensacola News Journal by Jim Little December 28, 2017 The State Attorney’s Office announced Thursday the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners did not violate the Sunshine Law when it held a “shade” meeting to discuss the sheriff’s budget appeal.
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FAF Letter to CRC Chairman RE: Sunshine Issues

[VIEW PDF VERSION] December 7, 2017 The Honorable Carlos Beruff, Chair Constitutional Revision Commission 400 S. Monroe Street, The Capitol Tallahassee, FL 32399 Dear Chairman Beruff: The First Amendment Foundation received a disturbing complaint last week regarding a possible sunshine violation
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Why does Winter Park shun the sunshine?

Orlando Sentinel Op-Ed by Bob Shaw December 5, 2017 A recent back-and-forth between the First Amendment Foundation and Winter Park city officials has highlighted a troubling issue for supporters of Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine” laws: the questionable legality of one-on-one meetings
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This ‘Tenacious Underdog’ Won His First Supreme Court Case. Now He’s Back.

New York Times by Adam Liptak December 4, 2017 About a decade ago, the leaders of a Florida city held a closed-door meeting to discuss how to intimidate and silence a critic named Fane Lozman. So far, their plan has
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FAF Letter to Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary

[VIEW PDF VERSION OF LETTER] November 30, 2017 The Honorable Steve Leary, Mayor City of Winter Park 401 South Park Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789 Dear Mayor Leary: We have been contacted by Winter Park residents expressing concern about recent
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Constitution panel shortchanged public on amendment ideas

Orlando Sentinel Editorial October 27, 2017 Proposing amendments to the Florida Constitution is normally a privilege reserved for state legislators, or for special-interest groups with pockets deep enough to invest millions of dollars into petition drives and gather hundreds of
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Steube bill offers too much ‘wiggle room’ for private meetings

The News Press, TC Palm Editorial October 27, 2017 It happens every year as Florida’s legislative session approaches: Bills are filed in Tallahassee that would erode public access to government meetings and records. So it may be with Senate Bill
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Unnecessary bill would let public boards meet more often in private

TC Palm Editorial October 26, 2017 It happens every year as Florida’s legislative session approaches: Bills are filed in Tallahassee that would erode public access to government meetings and records. So it may be with Senate Bill 560, filed by Florida Sen.
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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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