Publications

CoverGovernment-in-the-Sunshine Manual: The Manual is a comprehensive guide to Florida’s Open Meetings and Public Records Laws, and is published by the First Amendment Foundation each year in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Office. The Sunshine Manual provides public officials, citizen activists, and journalists with up-to-date information, including recent case law and attorney general opinions.

 

 

Florida Public Records Handbook: The Handbook is a useful tool for anyone seeking access to Florida public records. It contains copies of the most commonly used public records, information on where to obtain the record, and helpful suggestions on the types of information available from different public records. Compiled by Joe Adams, an editor at the Florida Times-Union and edited by Barbara Petersen, president of the Foundation, many journalists and community activists have found the Handbook extremely helpful in using public records. Not currently available.

 

The White Paper The White Paper, A Narrative History of Open Government in Florida: Florida has a long, rich history of providing public access to the records and meetings of its government. This publication provides a detailed narrative history of Florida’s open government laws in an interesting and easy-to-read format. Not currently available.

 

Reporter's Notebook Reporter’s Notebook: The multi-purpose Reporter’s Notebook, similar to ones used by reporters, contains the most pertinent Public Records and Sunshine Law information on the inside covers, leaving the inside pages available to take notes. The Reporter’s Notebook also provides a list of open government resources for immediate assistance with an access issue.

 

Pocket Guide Pocket Guide: The Pocket Guide is a small booklet designed to fit in a notebook or back pocket for handy access. It includes a review of the most frequently asked questions about open government laws. It also contains a list of    open government resources when immediate help with an access issue is necessary.

 

 

 

Pocket CardPocket Card: The Pocket Card is a laminated card that easily fits in your pocket or wallet for easy access.

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