|March 12, 2012
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Today marks the beginning of Florida’s Sunshine Week. Florida has some of the broadest public records laws in the nation, and the Attorney General’s Office works hard to support and provide guidance on these important laws.
“I believe that people have a right to know how and why the government makes its decisions and spends taxpayers’ money,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I’m honored to continue this office’s traditional leadership in protecting Florida’s open government laws.”
According to the Florida Supreme Court, a public record includes all materials made or received by an agency in connection with official business which are used to perpetuate, communicate or formalize knowledge. Unlike majority of states, because the public records law is a statutory and constitutional right in Florida, only the Florida Legislature can create an exemption to these laws.
The Attorney General’s Office houses the Public Records Mediation Program, which is responsible for mediating disputes over public records. The Attorney General’s Office also issues interpretations, via official opinions, on the requirements of the public records law and the government-in-the-sunshine law.
To learn more about Florida’s open government and public records laws, visit: http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/314BA231F89C0C8A8525791B006A54E2