Bill of Rights for Floridians

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Governor Charlie Crist has signed an Open Bill of Rights.

It says state agencies must treat citizens with courtesy, respect and professionalism when they ask for public records.

It also requires officials respond promptly, bars them from charging more than the law allows for copies and prohibits them from demanding that requests be put in writing unless specifically required by statute.

Crist also announced that agencies under his control will provide citizens with improved Internet access to key information. That includs how to make public records requests, organizational charts, budget data and contracts with vendors and service providers.


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