I don’t like secret votes, especially when they’re cast by elected officials.In a story published yesterday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gaultieri addressed a recent vote that the Florida Sheriffs Association conducted of its members to garner their positions on Senate Bill 300, the “Open Carry” legislation.
Most sheriff’s use taxpayer funds to pay their FSA dues, and the organization itself receives public funds. Therefore, every document associated with the secret vote should be open to public inspection.
I am not a lawyer, nor portray one in the TV Tubes, but apparently there seems to be a clear violation of the Sunshine Laws if they cannot produce records.
It is understandable that they would like to remain under the shade of anonymity since most of the Sheriffs are elected and Gun Owners are a ornery and voting bunch.