First Amendment Foundation

Concerns raised over bills to limit public records access

Concerns raised over bills to limit public records access

Several bills put forward in the Florida House and Senate have caught the attention of public records advocates. The biggest bill of concern at the start of session was SB 186 (with companion HB 7017 in the House) which exempts photographs, video and audio recordings of mass killings from public records law. Read the full […]

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Sunshine scrutiny of tourist panel lingers

Even the most seemingly innocent phone call between two members of a volunteer group such as the Tourist Development Council can cause suspicion and trigger legal questions that last for months. Such a phone call in August from council member Jack Sanborn to panel colleague Kyle Holley apparently prompted a complaint from an undisclosed source […]

If governor signs, 2.7 million criminal records vanish from public view

If governor signs, 2.7 million criminal records vanish from public view

More than 2.7 million criminal records will be sealed and the arrest records of hundreds of thousands of people will be concealed under a bill heading to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. An open records advocacy group is sounding the alarm and calling for Scott to veto the bill, warning it could hide the backgrounds of […]

Proposed worker’s comp rate hike: Floridians deserve transparency

Proposed worker’s comp rate hike: Floridians deserve transparency

Guest Opinion Florida’s extraordinary tradition of open government is founded on the simple but essential concept that the people have a right to know how and why the government makes decisions on their behalf. After all, it’s our government. So when a government action stems from a process shrouded in secrecy, we have a right not […]