First Amendment Foundation http://blog.wlrn.org en Floridians Would Get Right To Speak Before Public Boards Under Proposed Legislation http://blog.wlrn.org/post/floridians-would-get-right-speak-public-boards-under-proposed-legislation <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citizens do not have the right to speak before a public board or commission takes official action, according to Florida’s Constitution.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though Florida citizens have a right to access public records and meetings, they do not have a right to be heard before governmental bodies take official action any given proposal.&nbsp; This means that city council members, county commissioners and other officials could vote on issues without letting citizens have their say. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:02:50 +0000 Theo Karantsalis 10878 at http://blog.wlrn.org Floridians Would Get Right To Speak Before Public Boards Under Proposed Legislation The Florida Public Records Act: A Quick-Start Guide To Open Government http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-public-records-act-quick-start-guide-open-government <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Public Records Act, also known as F.S. 119, is straightforward:&nbsp; All state, county and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And it is the duty of each agency to provide you with access to public records.</span> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:01:00 +0000 Theo Karantsalis 10637 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Florida Public Records Act: A Quick-Start Guide To Open Government Transparency 2.0, Florida's $5 million Public Access System, Simply Waits To Be Turned On http://blog.wlrn.org/post/transparency-20-floridas-5-million-public-access-system-simply-waits-be-turned <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida taxpayers have spent $5 million on a budget transparency portal called Transparency 2.0 that promised to herald a new era for citizen access to the state’s informational stores.</span></p><p>Currently, questions remain as to whether the public will ever be able to use the program, which is ready to go but has sat unused for a year and a half.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:34:17 +0000 Theo Karantsalis 9418 at http://blog.wlrn.org Transparency 2.0, Florida's $5 million Public Access System, Simply Waits To Be Turned On