01/20/16 – By Jason Parsley
A new bill making its way through the Florida legislature has been described by one public records expert as “undoubtedly the worst bill I’ve seen in all my 25 plus years.”
Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, further criticized HB 1021 as an attempt to severely weaken Florida’s public records laws.
On Wednesday the Florida House bill unanimously passed in the House Government Operations Subcommittee.
According to the Florida Sunshine Coalition the bill would “make the award of attorney’s fees discretionary even when a judge has made a finding that a public agency has wrongfully withheld public records from inspection.” [Read More]