Florida legislators aren’t making the grade on open government

Orlando Sentinel Editorial June 28, 2017 It’s been a bad year for sunshine in Tallahassee. How bad? In a scorecard on open government recently produced by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, 77 of the Legislature’s 160 members received D’s,
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Grimsley’s pace-setting needs many more followers

The Ledger Editorial June 27, 2017 State lawmakers might have concluded their business for 2017 recently, but collectively they are still making news. Over last weekend, the Florida Society of News Editors released its grades for all 160 members of
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Sunshine Scorecard 2017

About the Sunshine Scorecard: The scoring system for the Florida Society of News Editors assigns points for a list of critical government openness bills. Legislators get three points for a floor vote, seven points for co-sponsoring a bill and 10
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Half of Tampa Bay lawmakers earn D grades on open government but some stand out with high marks

Tampa Bay Times by Michael Auslen June 26, 2017 In a new ranking of their voting records on open-government issues, the Florida Society of News Editors has bad news for state lawmakers. Most of them don’t score very well. The
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Half of Florida lawmakers earn failing grades on open government

Orlando Weekly by Monivette Cordeiro June 26, 2017 A new scorecard shows half of Florida lawmakers earned failing grades on their support of open meetings and public records in this year’s legislative session. The Associated Press reports 77 lawmakers earns
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Florida Lawmakers Earn Failing Grades on Public Records Transparency

Sunshine State News by Allison Nielsen June 25, 2017 Florida lawmakers didn’t make the grade when it came to accessibility for public records and meetings, according to a new scorecard released from the Florida Society of News Editors. State legislators
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Two South Florida legislators receive top grades fighting for open records

Sun-Sentinel by Dan Sweeney June 24, 2017 y two state legislators — both from South Florida — received the highest grade for safeguarding Florida’s public records this year, according to an analysis by the Florida Society of News Editors and
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Escambia and Santa Rosa lawmakers react to Sunshine Scorecard

Pensacola News Journal by Jim Little June 24, 2017 Lawmakers from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties averaged a C- on the Sunshine Scorecard from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida First Amendment Foundation. The scorecard assigned points for a
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Local legislators are failing on openness

The Florida Times-Union Editorial June 23, 2017 Pardon our cynicism, but when it comes to the Florida Legislature’s attitude toward open government, it is based on experience. Every year the Legislature passes exemptions to the state’s proud open government and
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