In 2004 California voters overwhelmingly amended the state Constitution to ensure public right of access to the meetings and writings of government officials.
Yet, for more than a decade, state legislators have falsely claimed that, unlike members of local government or other branches of state government, they didn't have to follow Proposition 59.
The Florida Supreme Court stood unanimously on the side of good government Thursday when it ruled that the public has a right to see documents a Republican consultant created in connection with the Legislature's once-a-decade redistricting process. Now, barring an ill-advised rehearing request by the document owner, Floridians will be able to judge for themselves what role outsiders played in the controversial 2012 redistricting process. The court has reaffirmed its commitment and the state Constitution's requirement to open government.