3/16/16 – Palm Beach Post Editorial
First the good news. A proposal that would have gutted Florida’s Sunshine laws — by taking away the mandatory requirement that government agencies pay the attorney fees if they lose a lawsuit over access to public records — failed in the Legislature.
Twin bills in the House and Senate had sought to change the language in the law that now says judges “shall” award attorney fees if someone wins a lawsuit forcing state or local governments to answer a lawful public records request. The new wording would say that the judges “may” award the fees. Or maybe not.