October 2014: Judge Karen Cole ruled State Attorney Angela Corey's office violated Florida's Public Records Law by refusing to accept cash and debit cards for records requests, according to The Florida Times-Union.

July 2014: The Port St. Lucie City Council voted against paying for Councilman Ron Bowen's defense against allegations that he violated Florida's Sunshine Law. Bowen's attorneys negotiated a plea deal with the state attorney's office that substituted the criminal charge with a civil charge if Bowen accepted responsibility for breaking the law. Bowen paid a $300 fine and $50 in court fees. He accepted responsibility for miscommunication but said he never intentionally violated the law.

July 2014: A grand jury issued three more indictments in the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority investigation according to the Orlando Sentinel.

June 2014: The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) lost a public records suit against a collier county couple, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis ruled that DBPR did not provide records as required under Florida's Public Records Law. DBPR was ordered to pay $6720 to the couple for expenses they incurred.

January 2014: The city of Sarasota settled its lawsuit with Citizens for Sunshine, Inc. The city admitted violating Florida's Open Meetings Law and agreed to pay attorney's fees to the government watchdog group.

January 2014: The city of Lakeland has spent over $220,000 in legal fees during a grand jury's investigation regarding the Lakeland Police Department's public records policy, according to the Ledger (Lakeland).

January 2014: Orange County officials accused of violating Flroida's Public Records Law have agreed to enter settlement discussions in a pending civil lawsuit according to the Orlando Sentinel. . Each party will pay their own attorney's fees but the county will pay mediation fees. The settlement stipulates that the county will pay $90,000


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