Florida Grassroots Groups call for More Transparency, Public Access to Legislative Processes

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“Transparency and accountability in the legislative process is critical to the public trust.”

Three weeks ago, a group of more than 30 Florida organizations wrote to legislative leaders urging them to “ensure that the remaining committee weeks and 2021 legislative session have structures and systems in place to ensure accountability and an open, accessible, and transparent process that allows for meaningful input from the public.”
With the policies the organizations object to remaining largely unchanged, the groups held a media briefing this morning to highlight the need for accessible technology, procedures for public testimony and other methods to ensure that the Legislature provides ample opportunities for public input.

The media briefing recording is available here.

Today’s speakers included:
Common Cause Florida Executive Director Anjenys Gonzalez-Eilert
League of Women Voters of Florida President Patti Brigham
State Voices Florida Executive Director Juanica Fernandez
Southern Poverty Law Center Florida Policy Director Carrie Boyd
Florida People’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Karen Woodall
Florida Rising Senior Director of Advocacy & Programs Moné Holder
AFLCIO Director of Politics and Public Policy Rich Templin
Senior Public Policy Analyst for Disability Rights Florida Olivia Babis
four constituents impacted by the lack of public access

Read the groups’ February 1, 2021 letter here.

Read the February 1, 2021 press release here.

Read the February 11, 2021 press release here.