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SB 80-Changes to Public Records Act

Senate Bill 80 recently caused several changes to Florida’s Public Records Laws.

Summary of SB 80: “An act relating to public records; amending s. 119.12, 3 F.S.; revising the circumstances under which a court must assess and award the reasonable costs of enforcement against an agency in a civil action to enforce ch. 119, F.S.; specifying circumstances under which a complainant is not required to provide certain written notice of a public records request; requiring a court to determine whether a complainant requested 10 to inspect or copy a public record or participated in a civil action for an improper purpose; prohibiting the assessment and award of the reasonable costs of enforcement to a complainant who acted with an improper purpose; requiring the court to assess and award reasonable costs against the complainant if he or she is found to have acted with an improper purpose; defining the term “improper purpose”; providing for construction and applicability; providing an effective date.”

Click here to view: SB 80 – Changes to the Public Records Act

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