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Florida Sunshine Commission Begins Review of Public Records Laws

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Florida began the process of reviewing more than 1,000 public records exemptions as a commission appointed by the governor held it’s first public hearings. In two days of hearings, speakers urged the state to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding clemency proceedings for convicted felons, require speedier public access to officials’ “snail mail” and e-mail and foster a culture of openness throughout the vast bureaucracy. Barbara Petersen, chair of the commission and president of the Florida First Amendment Foundation, said the goal is to examine existing laws and recommend changes where needed. She said a lot of reform is needed. (8/23/07)