Attorney General Bondi Recognizes Sunshine Week

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Today marks the beginning of Florida’s Sunshine Week.
Florida has some of the broadest public records laws in the nation, and the
Attorney General’s Office works hard to support and provide guidance on
these important laws.

“I believe that people have a right to know how and why the government
makes its decisions and spends taxpayers’ money,” stated Attorney General
Pam Bondi. “I’m honored to continue this office’s traditional leadership in
protecting Florida’s open government laws.”

According to the Florida Supreme Court, a public record includes all
materials made or received by an agency in connection with official
business which are used to perpetuate, communicate or formalize knowledge.
Unlike majority of states, because the public records law is a statutory
and constitutional right in Florida, only the Florida Legislature can
create an exemption to these laws.

The Attorney General’s Office houses the Public Records Mediation Program,
which is responsible for mediating disputes over public records. The
Attorney General’s Office also issues interpretations, via official
opinions, on the requirements of the public records law and the
government-in-the-sunshine law.

To learn more about Florida’s open government and public records laws,

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Jenn Meale
Phone: 850.245.0150


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