National Freedom of Information Coalition
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Phil Lewis: Speaking frankly about open records and sunshine

Editorial from Naples Daily News:

Florida's government-in-the-sunshine laws, long the nation's leader in making sure the public's business is done in public, could use a freshening.

Court rulings, technology and cultural changes have left us lagging. If we want to continue to be a state that people point to — for all the good reasons — when it comes to open government, we need reform.

That was the message the Daily News Editorial Board heard this past week from Barbara Petersen, long the big dog watching out for the public’s right to know in Tallahassee.

Barbara Petersen is the president of Florida First Amendment Foundation. The Florida First Amendment Foundation is a member of NFOIC. — eds