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Category: Legal Update

From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. If we accept political advertising from one candidate, does that obligate us to accept advertising from all candidates in that race? Or candidates in any race? I know we have to charge the same rate from candidate to candidate, but I didn’t see anything in your political advertising post that addressed when we may…
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Updates on New Public Notice Bill

What Type of Notices Can Be Published on the Publicly Accessible Website Option in HB 7049 (s. 50.0311, F.S.)? Questions have been raised about what type of legal ads and public notices can run on the new publicly accessible (county) website option? The short answer is that arguably the website option is only available to…
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HB 7049 GROUND PLAN CONTINUES for FPA Members Publishing Legal Notices

As you know, the new law, effective Jan. 1, 2023, allows counties or their designated entity to create and operate in place of newspaper notice a “publicly accessible website” to provide public notices and legal ads. If a county opts to set up such a site, other local government entities like municipalities and school boards…
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HB 7049 GROUND PLAN for FPA Members Publishing Legal Notices

At last week’s Media Conference’s session on public notices, we discussed how best to coordinate strategy going forward with respect to the new public notice law, HB 7049. As you know, the bill allows counties or their designated entity to create and operate in place of newspaper notice a “publicly accessible website” to provide public…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. I received an email today from a reader stating that the paper has an outdated online legal notice that is being associated with his name. He asks that we have it de-indexed from Google Search. He doesn’t have a problem with it appearing on our newspaper website, he just needs it deindexed and delinked…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. I’ve seen editors and journalists come down on all sides of the issue of using online sources. Personally, I urge my crew to avoid grabbing photos from online sources unless we have obtained permission. Some editors suggest Facebook is essentially open for the taking when it comes to a person’s image or photos. What…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. We have a story going to press tonight over some records issues we are dealing with in our county. Short version: the sheriff’s office is refusing to provide us with affidavits presented at the time of arrest for three suspects. The first appearance judge found no probable cause based on the documents and provided…
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Monitor Your Local/County Government re: Website-Only Option

While the new public notice bill (HB 7049) is not effective until Jan. 1, 2023, we have heard that at least one county is already meeting to discuss the possibility of implementing the county website-only public notice option contained in the new bill. The first step for this county will be to determine what current…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. We received a “press release” from a law firm notifying the public of a breach of protected health information. I don’t know if this is a new ploy or what. I don’t remember ever receiving a press release by certified mail under the pretense of it being a legal notice. Is this something that…
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From the Legal Hotline (1-877-NEWS-LAW)

Q. A local county commissioner has been texting during meetings and I plan to send her a public records request asking for copies of those texts. Does the texting violate the SL and are they public records? A. The Sunshine Law requires boards to meet in public. They may not take action or engage in…
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