Resources

Brechner Center Resources

Databases: 

Attorneys’ Fees Database – A chronology of cases in which plaintiffs obtained litigation expenses in legal actions filed under Florida’s Open Meetings or Open Records laws.
Prosecutions Database – Chronology listing known cases in which public officials either pleaded no contest or guilty to or were convicted of criminal or civil charges under the Open Records or Open Meetings

Florida County and State Access Issues:

1999-2010
2011-2014

Legislative Summaries:

Click on the year to see summaries of exemptions to the state’s open government laws passed each year.

2015
2014 
2013 
2012 
2011 
2010 
2009 
2008 
2007 
2006
2005 
2004

Legislative Updates:

Click on the year to see details of the exemptions to the state’s open government laws passed that year and how your legislators voted.

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004

Publications

Florida Public Records Request Letter
FOIA Request Letter
Citizen’s Guide (PDF version)
Citizen’s Guide (Video version)
Frequently Asked Questions

STATE, NATIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES

Florida

Office of the Governor
Florida Legislature
Florida Attorney General
Florida Sunshine Laws
Ch. 119 Public Records 
Ch. 286 Public Meetings

Fla. Const. I § 24
Florida Bar Reporter’s Handbook
Attorney General’s Open Government Mediation Program 
The Florida Department of State’s Public Records Management Seminars

National

Federal Freedom of Information Act 
Federal, State, and Local Government Links 
FedWorld Home Page
NFOIC’s State and National Freedom of Information Resource Web Site 
Citizen’s Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to RequestGovernment Records

International

International Trends
Australian Journal FOI Home Page
Story on Scottish FOI Law

OTHER RELATED ORGANIZATIONS

FOI Associations and Societies

First Amendment Foundation 
The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center 
The Freedom of Information Center (University of Missouri)
National Freedom of Information Coalition 
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 
Society of Professional Journalists
The Student Press Law Center
Sunshine in the Government Initiative

Electronic Records

Computers, Freedom, and Privacy
Video Library Electronic Frontier Canada
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Computers, Freedom, and Privacy

Miscellaneous

FindLaw Cyberlaw Issues 
Search Systems Free Public Records Database 
Public Records