TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The public would have a right to be heard at state and local government meetings under a bill that's cleared a Senate committee.
It's similar to a bill that unanimously passed the Senate last year but never got a floor vote in the House.
Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican, again is sponsoring this year's version (SB 50).
It's a response to a pair of appellate court rulings that said citizens have a right to attend public meetings, but they don't have a right to be heard under the state's open-government "sunshine" law.
The Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee unanimously approved Negron's bill, but it has two more committee stops before it can get a floor vote. A similar House bill (HB 23) hasn't yet received a committee hearing.