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A bill exempting recordings of mass shootings from public record cleared the Senate Wednesday. The House version is headed to that chamber’s floor.

An appeals court Friday sided with the Florida Department of Health in a battle about turning over thousands of death records to a Broward County nursing home that was shut down by the state after residents died following Hurricane Irma.

Appeals Court To Hear Arguments On Scott Records

Oct 2, 2018

Moving quickly, an appeals court has scheduled a hearing next week in a public-records lawsuit about whether Gov. Rick Scott should be required to turn over his calendar to an organization locked in a battle with the state about Medicaid contracts. 

Court Keeps Scott Records Ruling On Hold

Sep 19, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday received a legal ruling that will at least temporarily allow him to keep from turning over his calendar --- including information about fundraising events and where he will reside at night --- to a health-care organization.

Prosecutors on Wednesday released hours of video interrogation of Florida's school shooting suspect, footage showing the young man slouching in a chair, being repeatedly urged by a detective to speak louder and punching himself in the face when he is alone.

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz told a detective that a demon in his head — "the evil side" — told him to burn, kill and destroy, and that he thought about going to a park to kill people about a week before 17 people were gunned down at the school, according to a recently released transcript of his interrogation.

Media organizations asked a judge Monday to order public release of much of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz's statement to investigators after the Valentine's Day massacre that killed 17 people.

Nursing Home Records Ruling Put On Hold

Jul 11, 2018

A state appeals court has stepped in and at least temporarily halted the release of thousands of death records to an embattled Broward County nursing home.

News organizations are pushing for the public release of data detailing the distribution of prescription opioids throughout the U.S., information that could show how drug manufacturers and distributors contributed to the nation's addiction and overdose crisis.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham has paid Republican Gov. Rick Scott's office $1,200 for public records related to 14 nursing home patient deaths after Hurricane Irma.

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Public records advocates are opposing a number of bills that will be considered by the Florida legislature this year.

Updated 7/11 with statement from Secretary of State Ken Detzner.   

With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission's request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will provide only publicly available data.

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Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

Florida allows some of the easiest access to government records and meetings of any state in the country under the state's Sunshine Laws. 

People have a right to access state documents like minutes from meetings between government officials, foster care case files and environmental studies. Government meetings for the most part are open to the public for anyone to attend.

Public Records Fee Fight Re-Emerges In Florida Senate

Feb 8, 2017

Reopening a debate about Florida's Sunshine Law, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a proposal that would give judges discretion in deciding whether to award attorney fees in public-records lawsuits.

The proposal, approved in a 4-3 vote by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, would make a major change because judges are now required to award attorney fees to people who successfully file lawsuits against government agencies that have improperly withheld public records.

Records Exemption Backed For Investigators, Paramedics

Feb 16, 2016

With nearly unanimous backing, the Florida Senate has approved a bill that would prevent the release of personal information about financial-services investigators, paramedics and emergency-medical technicians.

Two telecommunications companies contend in a new lawsuit that the administration of Gov. Rick Scott is flouting the state’s public records law.

Governor Rick Scott’s recent approval of three public records exemptions is drawing both criticism and praise from critics and proponents alike.