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Policy Note: Open Government

Last update Feb. 23, 2015: Open government laws have been part of Florida Statutes since 1967's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law was passed. The Sunshine Law requires lawmakers to conduct their decision-making in the open, with the full access of the public. It also mandates that records of any public agency be available for review. A constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1976 further bolstered the 1967 law by enshrining the public's right to know in the constitution and guranteed that there be an independent body to investigate ethics complaints like the Florida Commission on Ethics. Two other constitutional amendments, in 1990 and 1992, determined that the Legislature and judicial branch both fall under these broad open government laws.

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