Opinion: Is a three-month delay for public records really ‘open government?’

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, late in the day, two veteran Tallahassee reporters finally received important public records from the office of Gov. Rick Scott. They had had requested the records, emails, more than three months prior, many weeks before Scott won a narrow re-election victory over former Gov. Charlie Crist.

While candidates might prefer to control the timing of a damaging news report — say, until after an election — Florida law doesn’t provide for that level of control where the release of public records are concerned.

Florida’s Sunshine Law, Florida Statute 119, states that “providing access to public records is a duty of each agency,” and “each agency must provide reasonable public access to records electronically maintained.” Continue>>>