Florida

Florida Sunshine Law Request for Public Records

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Florida

Sunshine Law Request Form

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Overview:

Under the Florida Sunshine Law, any person can request public records without a statement of purpose. The Sunshine Law does not specify a response time and includes more than 600 exemptions. This is a template for requesting public records in Florida in accordance with the Florida Sunshine Law.

Name of State Act:

Sunshine Law

  • Exemptions:

    Federal records that are non-public, personal emails sent/received by city employees when using a government computer

  • Response Time:

    Unspecified

  • Restrictions

    None

Frequently Asked Questions about

Florida Sunshine Law Request for Public Records

We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.

What are the requirements of the Sunshine law?

The Sunshine law requires that 1) meetings of boards or commissions must be open to the public; 2) reasonable notice of such meetings must be given, and 3) minutes of the meeting must be taken.

What agencies are covered under the Sunshine Law?

The Government-in-the-Sunshine Law applies to "any board or commission of any state agency or authority or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation or political subdivision." Thus, it applies to public collegial bodies within the state at both the local as well as state level. It applies equally to elected or appointed boards or commissions.

Is an agency required to give out information from public records or produce public records in a particular form as requested by an individual?

The Sunshine Law provides for a right of access to inspect and copy existing public records. It does not mandate that the custodian give out information from the records nor does it mandate that an agency create new records to accommodate a request for information.

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