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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Riviera Beach Councilwoman Lynne Hubbard said she went to give opinion during secret meeting

WPTV by Wanda Moore October 23, 2017 During the Riviera Beach City Council meeting on Oct. 18, councilwoman Lynne Hubbard admitted publicly to attending an invitation-only meeting at Hurst Chapel on Sept. 28 with Police Chief Clarence Williams. Sources said
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Escambia County Commission holds ‘shade meeting’ over sheriff’s budget appeal

Pensacola News Journal by Jim Little October 23, 2017 Despite a letter from Sheriff David Morgan questioning the legality of a board of county commission “shade meeting” to discuss his budget appeal, commissioners voted 4-0 to hold the closed-door meeting. Shortly
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Public officials should heed the lessons of ethics training

The Florida Times-Union Editorial October 18, 2017 Working or volunteering for city government gives you no personal or business advantages. In fact, it can be a disadvantage. That’s the word from Jacksonville’s ethics expert, Carla Miller. She has spent about
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Confusion over open meetings creates unrest on constitution panel

Miami Herald by Mary Ellen Klas October 18, 2017 Can members of the powerful panel that has the authority to put constitutional amendments directly on the November 2018 ballot discuss votes in secret and lobby each other? That is the
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Request denied: States try to block access to public records

WPXI by Andrew DeMillo and Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press September 17, 2017 In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured
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PCB votes down public comment misdemeanors

Panama City News Herald by John Henderson September 14, 2017 People who live outside the city limits will not be able to speak during the open comment period of Beach council meetings, but they also won’t be subject to going
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