A First Amendment fight in Florida

The First Amendment Foundation and others have met with lawmakers here to discuss revisions to a Senate bill that would let a judge decide whether to award attorney fees against an agency involved in a lawsuit regarding an open-records law violation.

But while several free-speech groups told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that they view some recent changes to SB 1220 as progress, they are still not convinced that the bill does not impede on Floridians’ constitutional right to public information.

“This amendment is a step in the right direction, but we don’t agree with the language at this point,” Dean Ridings, president of the Florida Press Association, told the Senate Judiciary Committee. Continue…