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Issues and Voices that Matter March 8, 2012

Government in the Sunshine?

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Florida’s Government in the Sunshine laws are celebrated annually in the state during a week in March known as Sunshine Week. This feature brings together a collection of 6-voices speaking about their experiences with Florida’s Sunshine law, particularly from a local level. Length: 24:04


(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck)
Title picture: “Sun” courtesy- ilco

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With some exceptions, Florida’s constitution gives you the right to inspect or copy any public record made or received in connection with the official business of governments in Florida including our cities, counties, school boards and all entities created by law or the constitution. Additionally, all meetings of any of these bodies at which official acts are to be taken, discussed or transacted shall be open and notice provided to you.

You’ll hear from a state wide watchdog foundation, and locally, from a news editor, a media lawyer, 2-elected officials and a former city manager — each experienced in the nuance of open records and open meetings of your local and state government.

Principal Participants

Barbara Petersen, president, First Amendment Foundation (photo courtesy Barbara Petersen)
Barbara Petersen
President, First Amendment Foundation

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Bob Shaw, editor, government and politics, Orlando Sentinel (photo courtesy Bob Shaw)
Bob Shaw
Editor, government and politics, Orlando Sentinel

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Dr. Michael Abels, former city manager, instructor, UCF School of Public Administration (photo - CMF Public Media)
Dr. Michael Abels
Former city manager, instructor, UCF School of Public Administration

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James Lussier, attorney, Mateer & Harbert (photo courtesy James Lussier)
James Lussier
Attorney, Mateer & Harbert

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Bob Dallari, commissioner, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners (photo - CMF Public Media)
Bob Dallari
Commissioner, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners

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Charles Lacey, mayor, City of Winter Springs, Fl. (photo - CMF Public Media)
Charles Lacey
Mayor, City of Winter Springs, Fl.

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