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The First Amendment Foundation | 2013 Sunshine Summit and Road Tour Press Release‏

The First Amendment Foundation

Contact: Barbara Petersen

Phone: 850.224.4555

Email: sunshine@floridafaf.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First Amendment Foundation will hit the road in a statewide Sunshine Road Tour before hosting the annual Sunshine Summit.

Beginning February 4, the First Amendment Foundation will take to the highways for a statewide Sunshine Tour, meeting with editorial boards and citizens throughout Florida to talk about Sunshine in Government.

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, will be making the rounds across the state to discuss legislative proposals and possible reforms relating to transparency and access.

After the tour, the First Amendment Foundation will focus on both the problems and solutions, and will host a Sunshine Summit at St. Petersburg College Saturday, March 16, to discuss reform initiatives in the critical areas of accountability, transparency and access. The summit will be free and open to the public, and representatives from a wide variety of interest groups and non-profits will be invited to participate. Noted author and political commentator Diane Roberts will be the keynote speaker.

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Florida led the nation in federal public corruption convictions from 2000 – 2010. This is a story that received broad coverage throughout the state, but what few reporters or pundits have talked about is how to shed this dubious distinction. Without strong transparency, accountability and access, public officials can easily hide their criminal activity.

Petersen will be in the following cities on the following days to meet with editorial boards and anyone else interested in discussing their ideas for reforming the sunshine laws and improving the public’s ability to oversee its government and hold it accountable.

 

Monday, February 4: Ft. Walton and Panama City

Tuesday, February 5: Gainesville and Ocala

Wednesday, February 6: Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Lakeland

Thursday, February 7: Fort Myers and Naples

Monday, February 11: Bradenton and Sarasota

Monday, February 25: Miami and Ft. Lauderdale

Tuesday, February 26: West Palm Beach and Vero Beach

Wednesday, February 27: Orlando and Melbourne

Thursday, February 28: Jacksonville and St. Augustine

Friday, March 1: Daytona Beach

 

For more information or to set up an editorial board meeting or citizen meeting, please contact FAF staff at 850.224.4555 or email Rhianna@floridafaf.org.

The First Amendment Foundation’s purpose is to protect and advance the public’s constitutional right to open government by providing education and training, legal assistance and information services. Funding is based on voluntary contributions and concerned individuals.

 

Our mailing address is:

First Amendment Foundation

336 East College Avenue

Suite 101

Tallahassee, FL 32301

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One Comment on “The First Amendment Foundation | 2013 Sunshine Summit and Road Tour Press Release‏”

  1. airbornedoc Says:

    I may go to this tomorrow

    Carpe Diem.

    Airborne All The Way.

    Doc

    Sent from my iPhone

    Reply

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