FAF April Roundup
New FAF website launched, 2019 Legislative Session action report and more news from the First Amendment Foundation.
In Case You Missed It . . .
Our new website is in FULL BLOOM!
*A special thanks to our talented members and friends at Sachs Media Group for making this redesign happen.
2019 Legislative Session – we are halfway through!
FAF President Barbara Petersen and Legal Fellow Joe Pavalon have been working tirelessly to track 109 (!) bills this Session – protecting YOUR Right to Know!
Florida’s constitution guarantees us a right of access to the records and meetings of our government and says that only the legislature can create exemptions to the right of access. The constitution also contains a standard for the creation or expansion of exemptions, requiring that each exemption bill contain a specific statement of public necessity and that the exemption be no broader than its stated purpose.
As the only organization in Florida dedicated to preserving and protecting the state’s open government laws, the First Amendment Foundation tracks all open government legislation making its way through the legislative process.
To see our legislative action to date, click here.
FAF Top Posts – March
Bill seeks to stop agencies from suing over records requests
Naples Daily News by Associated Press, Brendan Farrington
March 13, 2019
Voter-approved victims-rights amendment spurs clarifying legislation. But questions linger.
Tampa Bay Times by Tony Marrero
March 11, 2019
Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein scandal
Miami Herald by Julie K. Brown
March 11, 2019
About the First Amendment Foundation
The First Amendment Foundation believes that government openness and transparency is critical to citizen trust and involvement in our democratic society – without Government in the Sunshine, civic engagement cannot bloom. Through ongoing monitoring of the state’s public records, open meetings laws, the education of government officials and citizens – the Foundation promotes the public’s constitutional right to oversee and to participate in the governance process.