Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Gov. Bush Vetoes Improvement to Florida's Sunshine Laws

Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed a measure that would have required government agencies to respond "promptly" to requests for public records. In his veto message, Bush argued that requiring agencies to respond promptly would be too disruptive.

The text of the legislation is available below.

HB 1097 - Public Records

Requires an agency head who appoints a designee to act as a custodian of public records to provide notice to the public of such designation; provides notice requirements; prohibits a person who is not a custodian of public records or a designee from denying the existence of a record or misleading anyone as to the existence of a record; requires custodians of public records and their designees to respond to requests to inspect and copy public records promptly and in good faith.

Effective Date: July 1, 2006.

Last Event: 06/20/06 Vetoed by Governor on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 9:05 AM


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