Logo for PRPR Sandra Chance is the Director of The Brechner Center in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.
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Q: What evidence if any, is there that legislation being introduced in Florida is moving towards restricting public records?

A: Well there are many websites that are there for people to learn more about public records. I believe that last year 136 bills were introduced that were related to public records. 50% or more that were related to access [to public records] were 'negative.'

People need to watch closely to what their representatives are doing and letting them know what they think.

Section 24 of Government in the Sunshine Manual guarantees access to public records. More are challenged each day, but the problem is that it takes money and time to challenge these statutes.