An invitation to learn about Florida’s sunshine laws

From The Daytona Beach News Journal: Today’s column is about why it’s important for government to operate in the sunshine.

But before I become philosophical, let me get right to the main point: Consider this my personal invitation to you to attend the 2013 Sunshine Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 23, hosted by Daytona State College.


FAF Sunshine Report – Volume 3 Fall 2013

From Florida First Amendment Foundation: In this issue —

Petersen appointed to user experience task force

State Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) recently appointed FAF President Barbara Petersen to a special legislative panel assigned to improve online access to financial records and contracts. The User Experience Task Force will evaluate ways to make data more accessible to the public by consolidating existing state operational and fiscal information websites into a single website . . .


First Amendment Foundation annual Sunshine Seminars approaching

From First Amendment Foundation:  It's that time again! FAF's annual Sunshine Seminars are just around the corner. These one day seminars provide an overview of Florida's public records and public meetings requirements in an informative and interactive format.

The seminars are helpful for anyone who uses public records as well as for agency employees who are required to stay current on the law. CLE credits from the Florida Bar are pending.

Dates and locations for the seminars:


A good year for open government in Florida

From The

The 2013 Florida Legislature officially closed out last week when Gov. Rick Scott finished acting on the last bills to reach his desk.

One of the winners of the session was Florida's open-government tradition. Scott and legislative leaders can take a good share of the credit for that.


FAF Sunshine Report – Volume 2 Summer 2013

Newsletter from the Florida First Amendment Foundation:   In this issue: Barbara Petersen: More sunshine law exemptions, but also some progress – our 2013 legislative session final report, A full agenda at this year’s freedom of information summit, State legislator Mike Fasano wins 2012 Pete Weitzel/Friend of the First Amendment Award, First Amendment Foundation and SPJ-South Florida sponsor series of columns, Your Right to Know – in …


Rep. Mike Fasano earns open government award

From Tampa Bay Times:

Veteran state legislator Mike Fasano was honored Thursday by the First Amendment Foundation for his efforts improving transparency in government.

Foundation president Barbara Petersen praised Fasano’s long record of ensuring the legislative process remains open and accessible while representing the people’s interests, most notably in the 2012 session.


Florida First Amendment Foundation celebrates Sunshine Week

From Florida First Amendment Foundation:

Two events highlight the First Amendment Foundation's 2013 observance of Sunshine Week, the national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week 2013 runs from March 10-16.

Sunshine Recognition Luncheon