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The US Patent and Trademark Office Remains Open During Government Shutdown

At 12:01 AM on January 20, 2018, the United States Government went into shutdown based on impasse in congress over budgeting.  Of course, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency of the United States Government.  The government shutdown applies to all “non-essential” government agencies.  For example, agencies that are considered as […]

Australian Pilots are Worried about More Lax Drone Laws

In Australia the drone laws just got a whole lot more relaxed, and that has pilots on edge. Pilots and air traffic control officials say that the new laws could lead to mid-air collisions between aircraft and drones. The laws could even lead to airplanes crashing if they get unlucky enough during one of these […]

A New Chinese Law That Has Been Drafted Classifies Bitcoin as Property

By now, just about everyone has heard of Bitcoin, the virtual money that everyone continues to use, though it does not appear to be recognized by many places as actual currency or anything else of value, as of yet. However, things are changing for China when it comes to the use of Bitcoin. Soon, very […]

Widerman Malek, PL – Brevard County School Board

Audit: $4.3M paid by Brevard Schools ‘improper’ However, a $600,000 down payment and two $360,000 payments for “green screen” software were deemed proper payments, according to the presentation by attorney Edward Kinberg. For the full article click here  

The Persuasive Power of a Government Contract Lawyer

The private and the public sectors work in starkly different ways; this can be ascertained by simply looking at the way in which contracts are awarded to suppliers and contractors. The first thing that you need to realize about a government contract is that the government is not in it for profit; therefore, they would […]

The Government and Patent No. 6,630,507

Do you know what Patent No. 6,630,507 is? It’s the patent that the government gave itself for the use of medical marijuana. Yes. You read this right. The government who voiced so strongly that marijuana has no positive medical affect constituting the legalization of the drug. So if that is indeed the case, why are […]

Government Sponsored Prayer Issue Revisited

This July marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Marsh v. Chambers. Even with so much passage of time, the Supreme Court is again revisiting the separation of church and state with another decision on government sponsored prayer in Town of Greece v. Galloway. Marsh v. Chambers began after a state senator […]

Florida’s Sunshine Law Vol. 2 – Who and what does it cover?

Who and what does the Florida Sunshine Law cover?

Florida’s Sunshine Law promotes the state’s policy towards open government. In fact, it is required by Article I, Section 24 of the Florida Constitution. Does the open policy apply to every government entity in Florida, does it apply to all members of the government, its agencies, etc., and does it cover every type of meeting? The Sunshine Law applies to “any board or commission of any state agency or authority or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation or political subdivision.” Section 286.011, Florida Statutes. Notice that the Sunshine Law applies to state, county, municipal or political subdivisions; it does not apply to federal agencies or federal entities of any type.

Florida’s Sunshine Law Vol. 1 – What is Florida’s Sunshine Law?

What is Florida’s Sunshine Law?

Florida has a long history of openness dating back to at least 1909 when the “Public Records Law” (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes) was passed. Since that time, Florida has enacted several laws and amended the Florida Constitution to ensure openness in the government. One important part of these statutes is Florida’s “Sunshine Law” (Chapter 286, Florida Statutes). So how far does this openness go and what type of openness does it provide?

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