Are Some State Legislators Trying To Diminish Freedom of Information?


The public’s access rights to Public Records in Florida was established more than 75 years ago. Now some current legislators feel it’s time to diminish some portions of that law.

CS/CS/SB 1220: Public Records

GENERAL BILL by Judiciary ; Governmental Oversight and Accountability ; Garcia

Public Records; Requiring a complainant to provide specified written notice to an agency’s custodian of public records in order to be awarded the reasonable costs of enforcement in a civil action for enforcement of ch. 119, F.S.; specifying circumstances under which a court may not assess and award the reasonable costs of enforcement against a responsible agency; providing an exception to the requirement that a complainant provide written notice before filing a civil action, etc.

Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Last Action: 2/12/2016 Senate – On Committee agenda– Fiscal Policy, 02/17/16, 4:00 pm, 412 Knott Building
Location: On agenda (FP)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:

  1. Governmental Oversight and Accountability (GO)
  2. Judiciary (JU)
  3. Fiscal Policy (FP)



Bill Text

Version Posted Format
S 1220 Filed 12/21/2015 3:37 PM Web Page | PDF
S 1220 c1 1/27/2016 10:42 AM Web Page | PDF
S 1220 c2 2/11/2016 10:01 AM Web Page | PDF



StateSenateCommittee vote on Feb. 9, 2016               7 Republicans Yeas      —  3 Democrats Nays

Contacts for Committee

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