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Sunshine Laws

Laws at both federal and state levels requiring regulators to make meetings and decisions public. Some sunshine laws allow ordinary citizens to attend the meetings, but all aim to increase transparency in economic regulation. The SEC, for example, makes many of its decisions available for public view on its website.
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"For us it was incredibly vindicating not only to get the county to agree to the words 'violated the Sunshine Law' but also to acknowledge, 'Yeah, when Aaron asked for these records, we didn't have these records,'" he said.
Although the Solid Waste Authority argued that the committee fell within fact-finding exemptions to the Sunshine Law, it reconvened the grant committee following its June 8 regular meeting, with public notice and with minutes taken, to meet the law's requirements that an entity which takes actions in violation of the law must hold a "cure" meeting at which it cannot just rubber-stamp its original decisions but must reenact the entire process.
(He does not have a law degree and his prior convictions prevent him from becoming a lawyer of the Florida Bar.) He is a widely recognized legal expert in public records and Sunshine laws whose work on behalf of various attorneys--most notably Sarasota's Andrea Mogensen--has been called heroic by advocates of government accountability.
I was working on Ferguson all the time, and a big chunk of that was Sunshine Law requests.''
the Florida Sunshine Law by lasting too long to allow "citizens to
Called Sunshine Laws, the provisions are geared to expose conflicts of interest.
Matt Blunt, the parties settled, agreeing that the records were subject to the Sunshine Law and required to be released unless exemptions applied.
All the records we sought were deemed to be public records by a Sunshine Law attorney of our state's newspaper association.
The solution will help the city comply with the Florida Sunshine Law by enabling staff to quickly research e-mail record requests from the public.
For example, federal judges in the Southern District of Florida met in September and agreed to study whether to expand that state's so-called sunshine law, which restricts privacy agreements, or possibly enact a total ban.
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