Editorial: Don’t compromise access to Florida’s public records

The Florida Legislature appears headed down a dark path to compromise government in the sunshine.

Bills are moving that would allow governments that violate public records laws to avoid paying legal fees of citizens who take them to court and win. That would remove one of the few incentives government officials have to produce public records, protect those withholding public information and compromise the ability of citizens to protect their constitutional rights.

When citizens are denied public records, their only recourse is to go to court.

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