Attorney fees proposal could hurt access to Florida public records, watchdogs say

State senators on Tuesday gave their first approval to legislation that open government advocates say threatens to roll back access to public records in Florida.

The bill (SB 80) would let judges decide whether or not to force government agencies to pay attorney fees when they illegally block access to records. Current law requires that agencies pay for the lawyers of members of the public who successfully sue them over records.


Lawyer fees in Buffalo Bills stadium lease talks called secret


A team of nine attorneys from the law firm Nixon Peabody is helping Erie County negotiate a new lease with the Buffalo Bills, but staff for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz won't disclose the attorneys' hourly rates.


"I think that the denial is unjustifiable," said Robert J. Freeman, executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government.