Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

public records law

Christmas is a-comin’ and the geese are gettin’ hacked

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

With 11 shopping days ‘til Christmas, Yahoo dropped a lump of coal into the stockings of 1 billion of its users with news that their accounts had been “breached.” That’s tech-speak for “bad guys forged your cookies” — and they are not talking about the sweets you leave next to Santa’s glass of milk. Worse, bad guys have Yahoo’s “proprietary code” — and they are not talking about Pitbull’s million-dollar “trade secret.” For purposes of this holiday migraine, cookies and…

Keep Reading

Rick Scott to feds: Release the Orlando 911 tapes

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Update: Later Monday, the Justice Department released a full text of one of the shooter’s calls, saying it wanted to “provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.” Click here for the statement and transcript. Gov. Rick Scott Monday called on federal authorities to release more from the 911 calls made by the Orlando shooter. But an open government expert said Scott should save the bully pulpit talk for local law enforcement, who could release the same information. Scott, who has…

Keep Reading

Wilton Simpson urges contractors to study updated public records law

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Make sure you understand the law. That’s the message Sen. Wilton Simpson sent to the business community Monday. In a memo to business leaders, the Trilby Republican said businesses that have contracts with local or state government “need to understand the change that was made to the public records law.” Under a new law signed by Gov. Rick Scott in March, a person seeking records dealing with contract services can no longer make the request directly of the contractor. Instead,…

Keep Reading

Gov. Rick Scott defends payout in records lawsuit

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Gov. Rick Scott is defending the use of taxpayer money to pay a hefty legal settlement, but there are questions about whether his administration was transparent in how it got the money. State officials last week paid $700,000 to Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews to settle seven lawsuits. The lawsuits contended that Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and other officials flouted Florida’s public records law. The settlement is believed to be one of the larger payments ever approved in an open…

Keep Reading

Fracking public records bill hangs on whether supporters vote against exemptions

in Top Headlines by

State Rep. Matt Gaetz voted for a hydraulic fracturing regulation bill on Monday, but says he will vote against a companion bill that would provide a public records law exemption. The outcome of the public records exemption bill likely depends on whether Gaetz is joined by others who supported the bill to provide for fracking regulation. HB 1205, which the Department of Environmental Protection proposed to create a fracking permitting program, passed the House 82-34 on Monday. HB 1209, the bill to exclude…

Keep Reading

Sunday’s editorial pages

in Statewide by

Every Sunday I am thankful to Robert Pickering and the rest of Metro I-4 news for compiling the highlights of the Sunday editorial pages: The Legislature’s actions during its session is the focus of today’s editorials among the five largest newspapers serving the I-4 corridor from St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach. Here is a brief rundown of what the various newspaper editorial boards are opining: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Dealing in Secrecy – The newspaper notes that the legislative session recently…

Keep Reading

Sunday’s Editorial Pages

in Statewide by

The Legislature’s actions during it’s session is the focus of today’s editorials among the five largest newspapers serving the I-4 corridor from St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach. Here is a brief rundown of what the various newspaper editorial boards are opining: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Dealing in Secrecy – The newspaper notes that the legislative session recently ended was not good for champions of open government and open records. The politicos in Tallahassee passed eight of between 50 and 60 proposals…

Keep Reading

Go to Top