Tallahassee Democrat: First Amendment experts applaud Senate action on public-speaking bill

BY JEFF BURLEW

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, is applauding senators who earlier today unanimously voted in favor of a bill granting citizens the right to speak during public meetings.

“It’s a great bill — it really is,” Petersen said. “It rights a very significant wrong.”

Florida is known for having a strong Sunshine Law. However, two appellate courts in recent years have held that there is no specific right granted in statutes for citizens to speak during public meetings.

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