Sun-Sentinel by Dan Sweeney
June 24, 2017
y two state legislators — both from South Florida — received the highest grade for safeguarding Florida’s public records this year, according to an analysis by the Florida Society of News Editors and the First Amendment Foundation.
State Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, was not happy about it.
“Oh, come on. I want at least an A-minus,” said Geller, who, along with state Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, was the only lawmaker to receive a B-plus. “I think I should get bonus points.”
“Both of us are attorneys, and I think that informs our protecting our civil liberties,” Berman said. “I’ve always been a very strong supporter of the First Amendment Foundation and what they believe in because of the transparency issues in the Legislature. I believe it’s important for people to know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”
None of the 160 legislators got an A. Of the other 50 state representatives and senators who represent some portion of South Florida, from Monroe to Palm Beach County, the median score was a D-plus.