City: Fernandez deleted text messages to lobbyist

City wants $22,275 for additional public records subpoeaned by FBI Tallahassee Democrat by Jeffrey Schweers November 7, 2017 City Manager Rick Fernandez deleted from his cell phone a text message chain with a lobbyist who he asked for pricey football tickets, believing
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Jacobs says Visit Orlando will reveal all contract details as soon as next month

Orlando Sentinel by Steven Lemongello November 7, 2017 Visit Orlando will close one of the biggest loopholes preventing it from full transparency by publicly posting all contracts starting as soon as next month, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said Tuesday. In an interview with
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House asks judge to force VISIT FLORIDA TV producer to provide documents

Tallahassee Democrat by Arek Sarkissian November 7, 2017 A House committee will ask a Leon County judge to enforce a subpoena handed to a TV producer who received $11.6 million in taxpayer dollars to produce a celebrity cooking show for VISIT FLORIDA.
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Constitutional amendment on privacy piques abortion-rights advocates

Florida Politics by Ana Ceballos November 1, 2017 A proposed amendment to the state constitution tweaking the right to privacy sparked a debate over abortion when pro-choice advocates argued the new language would weaken access to the procedure. The issue
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Fla. Privacy Proposal A Blow To Transparency, Group Says

Law360 by Sophia Morris November 1, 2017 A Florida transparency watchdog criticized a proposed amendment to the right to privacy section of the state’s constitution, warning that the changes could restrict access to public records as the Legislature may be
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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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Tallahassee: Obfuscation and Secrecy vs. Transparency and Accountability

October 30, 2017 Over the weekend, the First Amendment Foundation (FAF) sent a strongly worded letter to Tallahassee City Attorney Lewis B. Shelley requesting that he perform a thorough investigation into the process by which city employees attempted to comply with
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House wants to clamp down on ‘trade secrets’

Florida Politics by Danny McAuliffe October 26, 2017 House Speaker Richard Corcoran has opened the next front in his personal war for transparency, moving legislation that would bar companies seeking to do business with the state from hiding information behind claims of
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Constitution commission devolves into farce

Tampa Bay Times Editorial October 27, 2017 With each passing week, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission looks more like a farce than a faithful effort to enable the public to propose changes that the state’s elected leaders refuse to consider. After
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