Orlando Sentinel by Mike Lafferty
October 9, 2019
Florida’s local legislative delegations don’t draw much attention.
One did recently when the chairman of Brevard County’s delegation — Sen. Tom Wright — declared in a text message: “The Delegation Binder was provided in advance to delegation members as a courtesy to allow you time to prepare for our meeting on the 25th. Copies of these binders are not allowed, and anyone making copies without my express written permission will be excused from the delegation meeting. Thank You!”
That seemed odd, because the information in the binders that Wright was talking about appeared to be public records. Can the head of one of these delegations unilaterally declare this information to be exempt from Florida’s public records law?