Former City Clerk Sues City of Panama City Beach

The former city clerk for Panama City Beach has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city.  MyPanhandle.com by Erin Morgan January 8, 2018 Panama City Beach’s former City Clerk has filed a whistle blower lawsuit against the City of Panama City
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Grand jury indicts Heard, Scott on more charges as Martin County Commission email scandal grows

TC Palm by Andrew Atterbury January 5, 2018 The county public-records scandal expanded Thursday when a grand jury indicted two of the three current and former county commissioners who already are facing charges in the case. Commissioner Sarah Heard was
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FAF Letter to Rep. Byron Donalds Re: HB 439/Exemption – Imminent Litigation

[VIEW PDF VERSION]  5 January 2018 The Honorable Byron Donalds Florida House of Representatives 402 South Monroe Street, Room 1101 The Capitol Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Re: HB 439/Exemption – Imminent Litigation Dear Representative Donalds: We are writing to express our
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FAF Letter to Sen. Steube Re: SB 560/Exemption – Imminent Litigation

[VIEW PDF VERSION] 5 January 2018 The Honorable Greg Steube The Florida Senate 404 South Monroe Street, Room 326 Senate Office Building Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 Re: SB 560/Exemption – Imminent Litigation Dear Senator Steube: We are writing to express our
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FAF Letter to Rep. Burgess Re: CS/HB 705 Exemption/Surplus Lands

[VIEW THE PDF VERSION] 5 January 2018 The Honorable Danny Burgess Florida House of Representatives 402 South Monroe Street, Room 303 House Office Building Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Re: CS/HB 705 Exemption/Surplus Lands Dear Representative Burgess: We are writing to express
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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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Sundown: Florida Shutters Site That Had Gov. Scott Emails

A highly publicized effort by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to put his emails – as well as the emails of his top staff – online has been quietly shuttered. US News and World Report by Gary Fineout, Associated Press December 23, 2017
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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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Kelley broke public records law

Investigator Matthew Pellegrino reported that Henry Kelley violated two Florida statutes pertaining to the release of public records on Oct. 18. Northwest Florida Daily News by Tom McLaughlin December 23, 2017 Okaloosa County School District’s program director for the Office
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Broward Health executives file motion to dismiss criminal charges

Fierce Healthcare by Paige Minemyer December 22, 2017 Four top executives at Broward Health have asked the court to dismiss charges that they violated Florida’s open government law. Meanwhile, they are taking heat from local leaders for remaining in their positions despite
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