Sunshine Laws


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Sunshine Laws

Laws at both federal and state levels requiring regulators to make meetings and decisions public. Some sunshine laws allow ordinary citizens to attend the meetings, but all aim to increase transparency in economic regulation. The SEC, for example, makes many of its decisions available for public view on its website.
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Matt Blunt, the parties settled, agreeing that the records were subject to the Sunshine Law and required to be released unless exemptions applied.
There are several consistent themes shared by most of the edited text's 17 authors which this review will touch on and only touch on, among them (1) the importance of intricately well-managed transitions by boards and/or chancellors, (2) the strategically critical nature of the first months of a presidency, (3) confidentiality and sunshine law impact on searches, (4) use of search firms (or not), (5) the interim or acting presidency, (6) legal perspectives and (7) candidate and institution preparedness, just to highlight a few.
For example, if a state law absolutely requires notice and public participation for a meeting, it does not matter whether the meeting takes place on the Internet, in person or on the phone, Sunshine laws are violated if either notice or public participation is denied.
They do touch on one important paradox: There is little doubt that campaign finance reforms, sunshine laws, and tighter disclosure rules have made Congress steadily more transparent and accountable to the public; by pre-Watergate standards, the authors observe, today's Congress is probably less corrupt than at any time in history.
For another, they have to submit to a great deal of public scrutiny, nowadays including sunshine laws, extensive financial disclosures and blind trusts, freedom of information statutes, and much more, whereas the back rooms where the Fourth Branch does its work of recruiting governmental clients and negotiating settlements remain off-limits to public scrutiny.
Proponents of camera access have traditionally come from the news media camp--those heralding First Amendment rights and so-called sunshine laws in the courts.
The content topics include: off-label promotions, sunshine laws, speaker arrangements, proper use of consultants, reps and MSL's blurring their roles, donations, business meals & incentives, sales aides, adverse event reporting - among others.
Sunshine laws are already in effect in six states--California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont, and West Virginia--and the District of Columbia.
In the medical device community, sunshine laws require companies to disclose money spent on sales events, dinners with potential customers such as doctors or hospital administrators, and other such expenditures that potentially could be likened to bribes.
The appellate court also suffers in the court of public opinion for the lack of transparency, especially given the Sunshine Laws that cover other entities of Florida government.
However, it is not the same as the Missouri law and Jackson said in her ruling it would make little difference how complementary the two Sunshine Laws might be.
It's because of the openness that comes from the sunshine laws that Americans have access to information they need to protect themselves.
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