Palm Beach Post: Commentary: Florida’s foundation a government accountable to the people

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By P.C. Wu
When it comes to having an open and transparent government that is accountable to the people, Florida truly leads the nation. Since the Florida “Government in the Sunshine” law was enacted in 1967, we have served as a model for other states. In a world where technological advancements have introduced even more material into the public record, we continue to be on the cutting edge of new reforms.

As president of the Florida League of Cities — an organization that serves as a united voice for Florida’s municipal governments — I understand that all levels of government are accountable to the people. That’s why I was pleased to learn that improving government accountability and efficiency was part of the 2014 joint legislative agenda established by Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

They understand that now is the time to pass legislation ensuring that Government in the Sunshine continues to be at the forefront of people’s minds, now and in the future. During this legislative session, the Florida League of Cities has been actively engaged with legislators, their staff and other open records experts and advocates — including the First Amendment Foundation — to further improve Florida’s Government in the Sunshine laws. Florida’s municipalities are committed to serving their citizens with dedication and transparency. READ MORE

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