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In Florida, most legislative documents are public records

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When Florida state House Minority Leader Mark Pafford puts a 6 a.m. workout before his legislative meetings on his daily schedule, it’s a public record. When concerned parent Kimberly Jones of Plantation emails House Speaker Steve Crisafulli saying she has two children going to Florida State University and wants him to oppose a bill allowing guns on college campuses, that’s a public record too. Reporters and other members of the public can get copies of those and almost all other…

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After several requests, Hillsborough commissioners produce Beth Leytham emails they said didn’t exist

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Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandy Murman and Ken Hagan possibly violated Florida Sunshine Laws when they failed to produce public records requested months ago. However, after a 10 News investigation, WTSP reporter Noah Pransky says one Commissioner is apologizing while the other blames county workers. The situation stems from an inquiry into the murky relationship between private consultant Beth Leytham and several influential county officials. 10 Investigates made the public records request in June, asking for all the emails exchanged between…

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Paula Dockery comes to Tiger Bay

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State Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland jumped into the governor’s race last November well aware that her opponent had a running start in name recognition, fund-raising and endorsements.   But she maintains that her notions of “common-sense conservatism” have been eclipsed in the party by a dictatorial style and undue deference to big business.  She opposed the Everglades land deal with U.S Sugar and voted against the bill abolishing teacher tenure this session.  In recent months, she has ramped up the…

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