Pensacola News Journal: Our eroding rights

Pensacola News Journal


What’s that you hear? It might be the sound of mice in your walls. Or maybe it’s just the Florida Legislature, slowly gnawing away at the idea of open government.

In the recently ended regular session, l

egislators passed 22 new open-government exemptions, according to Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation.

If you’re keeping score, that’s a record.

In addition, nine other exemptions were re-enacted. In fact, 12 percent of all bills passed restrict access to public records. Just as upsetting was what didn’t pass that could have helped affirm the public’s right to know. READ MORE

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