Back-and-forth over Transparency 2.0 includes eye-opening Alan Hays comment


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Alan Hays (R-District 11 Umatilla)

The Orlando Sentinel published an article on January 17, 2013 titled “Back-and-forth over Transparency 2.0 includes eye-opening Alan Hayes comment.”  That’s the same day that FOGWatch addressed the Florida Senate Committee On Government Oversight and Accountability regarding the efficacy of Transparency 2.0.

During that hearing Senator Alan Hays (R- District 11), made a series of remarkable comments.  When he spoke, I was somewhat stunned.  Here’s the quote from the hearing as reported by the Orlando Sentinel:

Candidly, I’m not in favor of disclosing all the itty-bitty memos that go back and forth between myself and various staff members or other members of the Legislature,” Hays said. “I’m sorry. If the public doesn’t have any greater faith and confidence in my judgment than that, then they don’t need to re-elect me.

I don’t know Senator Hays, and I’m unfamiliar with his political or legislative history.  If, however, his comments are to be taken seriously, then we’d have to believe that he is either unfamiliar with Florida’s Public Records Act and prevailing case law or he’d like to see them done away with…or both.

The fact is that “all the itty-bitty memos that go back and forth” are public record and already subject to being inspected, copied and photographed by anyone that wants to see them.  Unless Senator Hays and two thirds of his colleagues in the House and Senate decide to specifically and narrowly exempt those records they are fair game for disclosure.

I recognize that sometimes folks say stupid things in the heat of the moment, because I am chief among them.  For example, during the same hearing that Alan Hays pried his No. 9 boot into his mouth, the Orlando Sentinel made the following observations about my comments:

“Others are less impressed. Joel Chandler, the editor of a blog called ‘Florida Open Government Watch,’ said he was not impressed when Gaetz’s office helped him access Transparency 2.0. For example, he said, only summaries of state contracts are available instead of the full contract.

There’s a lot of value there,’ Chandler said. ‘But, frankly, the taxpayers of the state of Florida were ripped off.’

In retrospect I wish I had been more restrained in my comments. The analysis and comments of Dan Krassner of Integrity Florida, for example, were much more constructive and thoughtful, than were my observations.

Since it appears that Senator Hays and I suffer from the same affliction (mouth in gear, brain in neutral) I’m inclined to give the Senator the benefit of the doubt. How Senator Hays reacts to the disclosure of his comments will be telling. They are, after all, public record.

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8 Responses to Back-and-forth over Transparency 2.0 includes eye-opening Alan Hays comment

  1. Great work Joel. I find it as you did that all contracts are in an electronic format (PDF file) and would take less time to have access to the complete contract than someone summary of it, fir all we know the person writing the summary could gave been influenced by lobbyist and others, Not only do we have the right I think Fliridians are smart enough to disseminate the merits or lack of the contracts and how our money is spent. As always FOLLOW THE MONEY. Glen Gibellina

  2. Victoria says:

    @ Glen Gibellina

    You are so right….

  3. Steve Zamora says:

    Thank you. Someone has to watch out for us and make sure they understand and follow the rules, thank you for being that person.

  4. 54 says:

    Well Joel, since you do not know Senator Alan Hays; here is the 411 on the bureaucrat.

    (1) First summoned to Umatilla Florida in the early 1970′s as a Dentist by his good friend Carl Ludecke who owns Charlie Johnson Builders Inc. and 1 of 2 bid rigging contractors who custom built free tax payer funded custom homes for unqualified recipients of the 2007 Lake County tornado that killed 21 people. Ludecke was charged with shoving his metal briefcase into a PREGNANT female client’s belly during a closing in recent years but through his “pillar of the community speech” to Judge Mark Jay Hill which included his role in bringing Umatilla’s 1st Dentist into the area in the early 70′s – hence Alan hays.

    (2) Senator Hays has breakfest often at the Mason Jar on Hwy 19 Umatilla with the Lake County Tax Collector Robert Kenneth McKee; an alleged elected official – former ball coach w/ FDOE credentials – former law enforcement officer – DCF official – and current Corner Stone Hospice VP which includes Polk County and this individual HAS As FACT FOUR DATES of BIRTH AND IS THE HEAD OF ORGANIZED CRIME IN LAKE COUNTY FLORIDA WITH SENATOR ALAN HAYS PLAYING A PART. THE F.B.I. HAS THE INTEL FOR ARRESTS BUT REFUSES TO ACT; politics.

    (3) Senator Hays is co-anchored on the Criminal Justice Standards Training Commission CJSTC with Senator David Simmons who is currently a senior partner in the law representing current Clearwater Asst. Police Chief Sandra Rena Wilson who HAS AS FACT 3 DATES of BIRTH and who DID AS FACT suppress federal evidence in the bid rigging case involving Carl Ludecke, Alan Hays friend and who DID AS FACT receive FOUR FELONY COMPLAINTS ISSUED AGAINST HER IN 2012. As a CJSTC Board Member, Alan Hays and David Simmons has the intel; Sandra Rena Wilson remains FREE and UNPROSECUTED.

    (4) Senator Hays is correct on his statement of public records as PUBLIC RECORDS with an itzzy bitzzy bit of homework HAS AS FACT CONTINUED TO RAMROD A “PROBABLE CAUSE” FOR ARREST OF SENATOR HAYS, SENATOR SIMMONS, CARL LUDECKE, SANDRA R WILSON , BOB McKEE AND SEVERAL DOZEN MORE PUBLIC OFFICIALS OPERATING WITHIN LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INCLUDING F.B.I. AGENTS INVOLVED IN R.I.C.O.

    SEE LAKEXPOSED.COM

    NOW YOU KNOW SENATOR ALAN HAYS AND WHY HE MADE HIS COMMENT.

  5. Aaron says:

    We hadn’t heardanything lately about your Lake County lawsuits filed by brother Robert so we went to Lake Court records to check. Interesting he is finally getting a hearing on May 1st with the BCC suit. Really interesting remarks in the records about his “unsubstanciated allegations.” Sounds like a little pre-decision already in place here.

    No date set yet for the sheriff’s suit. they gave the sheriff indigent status instead of Robert. Nothing will happen. the judge will laugh you guys out of the courtroom and then go to the Oakhouse BBQ for lunch withe his associates. Welcome to lake County. They make their own laws and don’t like outsiders sticking their noses in there business to start with.

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