FAF May Roundup

FAF Legislative Session wrap-up, 2019 Sunshine Seminars and more news from the First Amendment Foundation.

2019 Legislative Session

FAF President Barbara Petersen, Legal Fellow Joe Pavalon, and our Legislative Committee worked tirelessly to track 111 (!) bills this Session! Read more

A special thanks to our Legislative Committee Members:

Bob Shaw
Carol LoCicero
Dave Wilson
Sam Morley
Tim Nickens
Frank Denton
Farhood Basiri
Mark Caramanica
Jennifer Mansfield
Frank LoMonte
Ed Birk

*Also, a shout-out to helpful FAF-ers Carol Marbin Miller and Daphne Chen for their additional expertise.


“We started the First Amendment Foundation in 1983 to watch over a legislative program to review, and reenact if warranted, each of the hundreds of exemptions to the public records law. Our task quickly expanded to keeping public meetings open and then to helping write the guarantee of access to public records and government meetings that are now part of our state constitution. All the while, we worked with citizens and journalists across the state to help resolve the government sunshine issues they encountered. I suspect our task is never ending, but we’ll hang in there.”

Pete Weitzel, Director Emeritus, First Amendment Foundation

COMING SOON . . . 2019 Sunshine Seminar Tour Dates

Whether you are new to the Sunshine scene or a serial Sunshine-er, we will be announcing our state-wide 2019 Sunshine Seminar series dates in the coming months.

These annual seminars include:
• Sunshine Overview & Legislative Updates
• Discussion of Open Government
• First Amendment & Media Law

Pricing is as follows:
Foundation Members: $20
Non-Members: $35
Host Organization Members: $25
Students $10
CLE Credit: +$50 & CE Credit +$10

*If your organization is interested in hosting a private seminar, please contact Erika at erika@floridafaf.org or 850-224-4555.

**To add your email to our Seminar Updates list, please click here.

FAF Top Posts – April

Gov. DeSantis and Cabinet are holding a meeting in Israel in 4 weeks. But still, no details on what it will cost and what they will be doing
Florida Phoenix by Michael Moline
April 26, 2019

Keep public notices where people will see them – in newspapers and on their websites | Editorial
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 6, 2019

GA City Officials May Be Allowed To Sue Social Media Critics
Patch.com by Tim Darnell
April 16, 2019