Opinion: Open government not hard, if you believe in it

Legislators like to say they can’t legislate morality, although they keep trying, because they can.

The same can be said for open government. No matter how many laws are passed or how many court orders are issued, people in power will find shady spots in the “Sunshine” law, because they can.

There’s a lawsuit in Leon County Circuit Court, filed by a group of news organizations and open-government advocates, accusing Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet of breaking the “Government in the Sunshine” law in the Gerald Bailey firing. Basically, it says they used Cabinet aides as “conduits” to get the foul deed done, without public discussion of ousting the highly respected Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner. Continue>>>