3 edition of Elementary law for the general public. found in the catalog.
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The task will require that they interpret the law to allow for certain circumstances — an ambulance carrying a dying patient, for example. To allow the maker or sender of documents to dictate the circumstances under which documents are deemed confidential would permit private parties instead of the Legislature to determine which public records are public and which are not.
It does not mandate that the custodian give out information from the records nor does it mandate that an agency create new records to accommodate a request for information.
Information on the rules governing openness in the Legislature can be obtained from the respective houses. As soon as a document is received by a public agency, it becomes a public record, unless there is a legislatively created exemption which makes it confidential and not subject to disclosure. Members-elect of public boards or commissions are covered by the Sunshine law immediately upon their election to public off ice. There is also a constitutionally guaranteed right of access.
" Thus, use of preassigned numbers, codes or secret ballots would violate the law. Does the law require that a public meeting be audio taped? In addition, specific portions of meetings of some agencies usually state agencies may be closed when those agencies are making probable cause determinations or considering confidential records.
Can two members of a public board attend social functions together? It applies equally to elected or appointed boards or commissions. Unless otherwise exempted, a custodian of public records must honor a request for records, whether it is made in person, over the telephone, or in writing, provided the required fees are paid.
A public board may not prohibit a citizen from videotaping a public meeting through the use of nondisruptive video recording devices. Elementary law for the general public. is the Sunshine Law? What are the requirements of the Sunshine law? unless the Legislature has specifically exempted an agency's personnel records or authorized the agency to adopt rules limiting public access to the records, personnel records are open to public inspection.
Can a city restrict a citizen's right to speak at a meeting? The law, in essence, is applicable to any gathering, whether formal or casual, of two or more members of the same board or commission to discuss some matter on which foreseeable action will be taken by the public board or commission.
What qualifies as a meeting? Time needed: 45 minutes Materials required:. The Sunshine law requires that meetings of public boards or commissions be "open to the public at all times. These include, but are not limited to, certain discussions with the board's attorney over pending litigation and portions of collective bargaining sessions. For information on obtaining a copy, contact the First Amendment Foundation at 850 224-4555.
Can a public agency hold closed meetings? The Government-in-the-Sunshine Law applies to "any board or commission of any state agency or authority or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation or political subdivision.
How much can an agency charge for public documents? Are public employee personnel records considered public records? What qualifies as a meeting? Does the law require that a public meeting be audio taped? At the same time, however, certain information such as the identity of a sexual battery victim is exempt.
Virtually all state and local collegial public bodies are covered by the open meetings requirements with the exception of the judiciary and the state Legislature which has its own constitutional provision relating to access.