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First Amendment Foundation Asks Gubernatorial Candidates to Weigh-In On Sunshine Laws

Following a tough couple of years for the state’s robust public record laws, the First Amendment Foundation asked Florida’s two gubernatorial candidates to answer a few questions regarding Florida’s sunshine laws.

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State Agency Loses Almost Two Years Worth Of Public Records

After a year of press inquiries, Florida’s Department of Corrections (DOC) told the Scripps-Tribune Capitol Bureau this week that “e-mails from January 2007 through September 2008 were destroyed.” The news of the massive public records loss, which an information officer with the agency called a “significant loss of data,” comes at a time when the DOC is under significant scrutiny.

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Gov. Rick Scott A No-Show For Private Emails Deposition

Gov. Rick Scott skipped out on a deposition Friday that is part of a lawsuit concerning his alleged use of private emails and texts to conduct state business. Instead, Scott—who is currently locked in a heated and closely contested re-election bid— attended a fundraiser.

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Florida Newspaper Wins Open Records Lawsuit

The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville recently won a legal battle over Sunshine laws. According to the paper, city officials improperly held private meetings regarding pensions.

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Child Death Stats In Florida Don’t Tell The Whole Truth

Despite reform efforts aimed at creating more transparency surrounding the death of children the state is monitoring, those deaths are still being undercounted, according to The Miami Herald.

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Times/Herald: Economic Incentives Program Still Troubled

A state program that shells out big bucks to private companies in the hopes they will create jobs in Florida is under scrutiny, again. The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald reports the program isn’t getting the return on investment taxpayers were promised.

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Florida Court Charges Non-Profit News Org $132K For Public Records

A news organization seeking information about foreclosure policies in Florida got slammed with a prohibitively high fee for its public records request.

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Scott’s Legal Battle Over Private Email Accounts Heads To California Court

Gov. Rick Scott has sought an attorney in California to try to protect some private email accounts allegedly used by the governor and his staff to conduct public business.

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Appeals Court Sends Redistricting Battle Straight to Florida Supreme Court

A divided state appeals court sent the the battle over Florida’s newly drawn congressional districts to the state Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

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Governor’s Inspector General Didn’t Act When Alerted To Prison Issues

The Miami Herald broke more news this week regarding the ongoing scandal in the state prison system. According to recent documents obtained by the Herald, Gov. Rick Scott’s inspector general received a letter about two years ago alleging corruption, cover-ups and abuse in some of the state’s prisons. Instead of looking into the allegations, the inspector general asked the very people accused of covering-up the deaths to look into the matter.

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