Florida earned a score of 61 (D-), tying it for 30th among 50 in the ranking and assessment of state government accountability and transparency by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity.
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.
After a four-year legal battle over public records, the city of Lakeland is paying $160,000 as part of a settlement.
Court records and emails reviewed by FCIR show how a foundation and a law firm make money off the Sunshine law.
Steve Miller: Florida public records advocate Joel Chandler is at it again, this time in Daytona Beach.
Ralph De La Cruz: After taking on FDOT and the turnpike system, Joel Chandler has turned his attention and his records requests to private prisons in Florida.