March 14, 2010

Time To Celebrate Sunshine Week

MARCH 14-20 is "Sunshine Week." It's a time when the media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofit organizations and others spotlight the importance of open government, open records and freedom of information. The initiative was originally spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors.

The goals of Sunshine Week are to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels and to let people know they have access to information that can make their lives better and their communities stronger. Another goal of Sunshine Week is to make the public aware that, from time to time, there is legislation offered to try to stymie open government. In fact, Sunshine Week was first started in Florida in 2002 during a time when Florida lawmakers tried to create new exemptions to the state's public records laws. Because Sunshine Week raised the public's awareness about the lawmakers' intent, it is estimated 300 exemptions to Florida's strong Sunshine Law were defeated.

>Visit the official Sunshine Week site.

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