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Florida First Amendment Foundation (NFOIC Affiliate)
Physical address:
317 East Park Avenue
Tallahassee, FL  32301
Mailing address:
801 Third Street South
St. Petersburg, FL  33701

Contact: Barbara Petersen, President
Phone (850) 224-4555
Email info@floridafaf.org

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Brechner Center for Freedom of Information (NFOIC Affiliate)
3208 Weimer Hall
P.O. Box 118400
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400
Phone (352) 392-2273
Fax (352) 392-9173
Email schance@jou.ufl.edu

Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
2060 Weimer Hall
P.O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400
Contact: Bill Chamberlin, CAP Director
Phone (352) 273-1095
Fax (352) 273-1094
Email bchamberlin@jou.ufl.edu


Open Meetings Law Fla. Stat. sec. 286.011 et seq.
All meetings of boards and commissions open. Most collegial public bodies also open.

Open Records Law Fla. Stat. sec. 119.01 et. seq.
Exempt: More than 600 exemptions, check listed code citation.




First Amendment Foundation
(800) 337-3518
Contact: Barbara Petersen, President
"The First Amendment Foundation is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the public's constitutional right to oversee its government through Florida's Sunshine and Public Records Law. Acting as the public's advocate, the Foundation provides a variety of services to citizens, government officials, and the media."



Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Switchboard: (850) 414-3300; Citizens Services: (850) 414-3990
Fax (850) 410-1630

State Sunshine Chair
Sandra F. Chance
University of Florida
College of Journalism
P.O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611
Work (352) 392-2273
Home (352) 374-4656
Fax (352) 392-9173
Email schance@jou.ufl.edu

State Bar Association
6651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Phone (850)561-5600
Fax (850) 561-5827

Office of Open Government
Carolyn Timmann, Director
Phone (850) 921-6099
Email scottopengov@eog.myflorida.com



Sample Florida public-record request letter.


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (800) 336-4243 or (703) 807-2100
Email rcfp@rcfp.org
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Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (703) 807-1904
Email splc@splc.org
Request Letter Generator




Florida Government in the Sunshine: A Citizen's Guide
Gainesville, FL: Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, 1997-98. 24 p.
The pamphlet, sponsored by the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida, the First Amendment Foundation and the St. Petersburg Times, is designed to be a user-friendly version of the Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine and Public Records Law Manual, which expands each year. The gists of open meetings and open records laws are succinctly set forth in its few pages, ending with several referrals to FOI sources and publications.
Format: Pamphlet. 8 1/2 in.
Price: Free
Order from:
Brechner Center
College of Journalism & Communications
University of Florida
P.O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400
Phone (352) 392-2273

Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine and Public Records Law Manual
Tallahassee, FL: Prepared by the Office of the Attorney General, First Amendment Foundation, 2000. 408 p.
Published annually, this manual is a reference for compliance with Florida's public records and open- meetings laws. Part I of this annual publication includes the text of the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law, followed by a lengthy description of the application of the law. The following questions are addressed: the agencies covered by the law, whether advisory boards or private organizations are covered, whether the law applies to meetings of members of different boards and whether the law applies to the governor, the Cabinet, or the Legislature. Procedural requirements are described. Activities not subject to the law are listed as well as statutory exceptions to the law. The Public Records Law is examined in Part II of the volume. This section begins with a discussion of exactly which documents are considered public records. It is followed by an examination of the extent to which agencies may limit or regulate inspection or copying of public records. In addition, records exempted from disclosure are listed. The volume includes a table of cases for both the Government-in-the -Sunshine Law and the Public Records Law. It also includes an appendix of public documents and meetings that are privileged, confidential or for which access is limited. The volume includes an index as well as a table of contents.

Format: One-volume reference manual. 8 in.
Price: $19.95 (1-15 copies)
Order from:
First Amendment Foundation
Phone (850) 222-3518

Florida Media Law
Tampa, FL: Donna Lee Dickerson, Author. 2d ed., University Press of Florida, 1991. 262 p.
This is a volume on Florida media law with extensive reference to case law. It includes chapters on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, reporter's privilege, reporting the courts and report-ing public agencies. Each chapter includes a brief summary. In addition the volume includes appendices that provide the texts of the Florida Libel Statute, the "Quick" Appeals Rule in Florida's Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Government-in-the-Sunshine Law and the Florida Public Records Law. The preface of the book includes a brief introduction to the judicial system. The volume includes a table of contents, an index and a table of cases. The volume is an invaluable reference work.

Format: Reference volume. 9 in.
Price: $34.95 hardcover; $19.95 paper
Order from:
University Press of Florida
15 N.W. 15th St.
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone (352) 392-1351

Open Government Guide from the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press