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Entries Tagged as 'Sunshine'

Criminal charges filed over sunshine law violations by Florida board members

July 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Floridians take their Sunshine Law seriously. At least that’s what I thought after seeing a news article describing the recent indictments of a former state representative and several transportation officials for sunshine law violations (“Expressway investigation finds 4 Sunshine Law violations“). Yup. Indictments returned by a grand jury. The alleged sunshine law violations involved secret […]

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Tags: Court · Politics · Sunshine

Conflicts can lurk among undisclosed clients

July 8th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Here’s one of those areas where the state’s ethics law falls short. State officials file personal financial disclosures every year, the same disclosure requirement that was recently extended to a number of the most important boards and commissions. The first item required to be disclosed are sources of income. Here’s what the law says [Section […]

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Tags: Ethics · lobbyists · Politics · Sunshine

Sunshine laws and presidential searches–the Florida State experience

July 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

Reading about the presidential search going on at Florida State University is quite interesting in light of the problems experienced during the recent University of Hawaii search. Florida’s sunshine law applies to the search committee, and so the names of candidates are publicly disclosed. In fact, applications are publicly posted on the university’s website. And […]

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Tags: Education · Politics · Sunshine

Land Board criticized for handling of public meetings

June 28th, 2014 · 6 Comments

In a post on his Ililani Media blog, Henry Curtis described the scene at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, which administers the state’s public lands (“BLNR hearings lack space for community attendees“). This is a board that has a long history of failing to comply fully with the sunshine law. […]

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Tags: environment · Sunshine

Financial disclosure bill should come off the governor’s veto list

June 24th, 2014 · 10 Comments

Governor Abercrombie has notified the legislature of the ten bills he intends to veto. The legislature’s website has a list of the bills, complete with links to the full text of each bill and its legislative history, committee reports, testimony, etc. As I understand the process, being on the list doesn’t guarantee that a bill […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Ethics · Politics · Sunshine