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Friday, June 22, 2007

Florida (Copies Washington and) Creates Sunshine Committee

"Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday created the state's first Open Government Reform Commission, which will search for ways to make Florida more open to residents. The nine-member panel will review hundreds of exemptions to public records laws that have multiplied in recent years. It also will examine fees charged to the public and media to inspect and copy records as well as the use of the Internet to improve public access to government information."

Imitation is the highest form of flattery so Washington citizens should feel flattered. Our legislature created a Sunshine Committee this year and it will start meeting in July. Good for Florida, which is, after all, the "Sunshine State" (that's what their license plates say so it must be true).

Tip of the hat to Mindy Chambers at the Washington State Auditor's Office who alerted OG-Blog to this.