Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Panel recommends greater public records access

The Commission on Open Government Reform unanimously voted Monday to approve a nearly 200-page report on how to make government and records more accessible. It includes several sections on dealing with electronic records.

Among them are requiring government employees to disclose any public records stored on personal computers or transmitted through personal e-mail accounts. It also would require agencies to adopt policies prohibiting employees from using text and instant messages to discuss public business during public meetings or hearings.

The commission also suggests ways of making e-mail records more accessible and affordable, including the installation of programs that would automatically redact information that is not public, thus saving the time and cost to pay someone to do so. [Orlando Sentinel]

Well this is welcome news …especially considering all of the Sunshine Law and public records issues we’ve been having at both the State and local levels.


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