Ray of sunshine in fight for access to public information – Historic City News

02/25/16 – By St. Augustine Yesterday, Historic City News reporters learned that a move, credited to the efforts of the Florida First Amendment Foundation, the Florida Press Association, and other free-speech groups, brought some measure of success by removing language
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Meet the woman fighting behind the scenes to defend open government in Florida – Columbia Journalism Review

02/25/16 – By Susannah Nesmith Barbara Petersen has been fighting back efforts to make Florida’s government less transparent for more than 20 years. There haven’t been many battles more consequential than the one she’s waging right now. [Read More]

Compromise emerges on records-lawsuit bill – HT Politics Blog

02/25/16 – By Katy Bergen TALLAHASSEE — Of more than a dozen exemptions to the state’s open-government statutes filed by lawmakers this session, a bill that would have made optional an existing requirement that judges award attorney fees against an
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Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws – PINAC

02/21/16 – By John McKnight The basic premise of Florida’s Public Records Act is that the public has a right to access any records dealing with official government business.  Its purpose is to promote public awareness and knowledge of government actions
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Compromise reached in attorney fees provision of controversial Florida public records bill – Miami Herald

02/18/16 – By Mary Ellen Klas TALLAHASSEE — Public records advocates won support on Wednesday for an amendment that defuses their concerns over a controversial bill targeting people who attempt to misuse the state’s public records laws to extort money from
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Senate panel approves alternative to Sarasota Rep. Greg Steube’s bill to limit attorney fee awards in public records lawsuits – Bradenton Herald

02/17/16 – By Kate Irby A Senate committee approved a narrower substitute Wednesday for proposed legislation that would get rid of the mandate agencies found in violation of the Florida Sunshine Law law pay the plaintiff’s attorney fees. Current law
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A Storm is Brewing Over Florida’s “Sunshine Law” – Electronic Frontier Foundation

02/17/16 – By Dave Maass Florida’s “Sunshine Law” is widely regarded as one of the best state-level open records laws in the nation. Unfortunately, the Florida legislature is now trying to eliminate one of the key components—a measure allowing successful
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St. Augustine activist says state should provide records, not change laws – St. Augustine Record

02/16/16 – By David Bauerlein To his detractors, St. Augustine resident Jeff Gray is engaged in “economic terrorism” by filing a slew of public records lawsuits that his critics contend are more about making money than getting public records. [Read
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