Transparency in government is key to a healthy and strong democracy.

In 1976 working in coalition, Common Cause volunteers actively solicited signatures supporting Florida’s first, successful petition initiative. Through the leadership of Governor Reuben Askew, this initiative successfully added the Sunshine Amendment to Florida’s constitution. The amendment mandated financial disclosure by public officials, imposed sweeping ethics reforms and created the Florida Commission on Ethics. It was our first, big win. In recent years, there have been efforts to chip away at our sunshine laws. We continue to advocate to ensure government transparency and accountability for Floridians.

The Florida Open Meetings Law (Fla. Stat. sec 286) governs the extent to which public meetings are open to the public.

The Florida Public Records Law (Fla. Stat. sec. 119) governs the inspection and copying of public records




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