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Palm Beach County Town Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against Martin O’Boyle, Citizens Awareness Foundation

The Town of Gulf Stream filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of state municipalities, municipal agencies and their contractors.

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Whistleblowers Pushback Against New DOC Gag Order

The new leadership at the troubled Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) is working to ensure no one speaks out about problems at the state agency. However, whistleblowers in the state are looking to block this new policy.

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DCF Defends Child Death Reporting

State lawmakers grilled child welfare officials about troubles with child death reports coming out of their agency.

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AP, Florida Newspapers, Lawyers File Sunshine Lawsuit Against Gov. Rick Scott And Cabinet

News organizations have teamed up with lawyers and open records advocates to file a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet over the firing of the former chief of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

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St. Pete Lawyer Asks for Criminal Investigation Into Whether Scott Violated Sunshine Law

A Florida lawyer is asking a state attorney to conduct a criminal investigation into whether Gov. Rick Scott, as well as other members of the Florida Cabinet and staff, violated the state’s Sunshine Laws.

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Florida Inmates Are Caught In Political Crosshairs

After the resignations of top state officials in two departments, aggressive reporting by the The Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald is raising some questions about who is watching the watchers.

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Another Wrinkle In Rick Scott’s Public Records Policy

Gov. Rick Scott’s policy requiring state employees to act as the custodians of their own emails and text messages related to state business has created a tricky situation for workers leaving state government.

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Tampa Bay Times: Longtime FDLE Chief Forced Out

An investigation by The Tampa Bay Times/ Miami Herald shows campaign politics might be at the center of an abrupt high-level resignation at one of the state’s agencies.

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Inmate Murder Trial Delayed After Miami Herald Report Raises Questions

The trial of a man who is accused of brutally murdering his cellmate in a Florida prison has been delayed after The Miami Herald recently raised some concerns over how officials handled the investigation of the death, which may have been a set up.

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Following FCIR Story, New Legislation Proposed as Citizens Awareness Foundation Suspends Operations

Two Florida legislators proposed bills that would amend the public records laws to protect private companies doing business with state agencies. Open records advocates say the bills as written would impede access to public records.

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