By Steve Bousquet State business came to a halt Tuesday as Gov. Rick Scott and the three elected Cabinet members got an unprecedented 90-minute public refresher course on Florida’s open meeting and public records laws.
Open Government Comes With Sunshine (And Shadows) US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” Fortunately for us, Florida has some of the cleanest, most effective open government laws in the country. But problems with enforcement and outright abuse of its Sunshine Laws leave citizens still somewhat in the dark. […]
Gov. Rick Scott’s firing of Gerald Bailey as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last year wasn’t just a political bungle. The way it was carried out violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the state’s open meeting laws. If anything good came out of it, though, it’s that the governor and […]