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Updated: 04/28/2013 08:00:23AM

Bill would shield email addresses from Sunshine Law

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For more than 100 years, Florida has the nation’s most comprehensive open records and meetings laws, now collectively known as the Sunshine Law. It guarantees meetings of elected officials are open to the public and ensures access to public records, such as meeting minutes and court documents. Over the years, though, the Legislature has repeatedly chipped away at the integrity of the Sunshine Law by passing laws creating exemptions.

Some exemptions are appropriate and defensible. For example, home phone numbers and addresses of public safety officials, prosecutors and judges are exempt. With the tragic rash of killing of district attorneys, prosecutors and prison officials in Texas and Colorado, it’s easy to see why their personal information should be protected. Likewise, information about patients receiving treatment at public hospitals is exempt.

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