National Freedom of Information Coalition
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Reporters eye access to text messages during Sunshine Week

When Florida’s public records law was approved 40 some years ago, people were still using typewriters and rotary dial telephones.

If you wanted a public record, you got a piece of paper or maybe lots of pieces of paper. Technology has changed all of that and has presented a challenge for members of the public who want to know what their government officials are up to and local governments that want to avoid violating the law.

During Sunshine Week, reporters from newspapers all over Florida are looking at one aspect of the technological changes: texting. Continue…