Florida Sunshine Law

Joe Gratz via Flickr

Florida lawmakers are considering letting local officials meet one on one, outside of the public eye. But a first amendment advocate says the change could encourage corruption.

Lawmakers are considering open records changes that activists say will cripple Florida's Sunshine laws.
Anna Matthews via Flickr

Florida has some of the most wide-ranging public records laws in the country.  But some say these so-called sunshine provisions are under attack. 

State of Florida / myflorida.com

Florida Cabinet members have approved a settlement agreement in a case questioning whether members and aides worked outside the sunshine law in the ouster of former Florida Department of Law Enforcement head Gerald Bailey. 

  A transparency advocate is calling for an investigation into the forced resignation of the former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Florida’s First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Peterson is asking the attorney general to investigate her own cabinet. 

Barbara Petersen insists the state owes citizens answers about allegations of Sunshine Law violations. In a letter to Pam Bondi, Petersen called for a quote “independent state attorney from outside Leon County” to investigate the ouster of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

Florida's First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
Nick Evans

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the use of blind trusts to meet state financial disclosure requirements.

Capital Report: 01-17-2014

Jan 17, 2014

Former House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera has been hailed as a person who can help get Governor Rick Scott’s 2014 legislative agenda off the ground as Scott’s new second-In-command. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s the fact he’ll be Florida’s first Hispanic Lieutenant Governor that has all sides talking.