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Sunshine Laws. By: Anna Branch & Riley Sheridan. What are sunshine laws?. Sunshine laws are laws that protect the people’s rights to know what their government and government officials are doing. What prompted the legislation of sunshine laws?.

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Sunshine laws
Sunshine Laws

By: Anna Branch & Riley Sheridan


What are sunshine laws
What are sunshine laws?

  • Sunshine laws are laws that protect the people’s rights to know what their government and government officials are doing.


What prompted the legislation of sunshine laws
What prompted the legislation of sunshine laws?

  • People wanted the right to know what the government officials were discussing in closed meetings so for 10 years they tried to pass a law to do it.


Origins on the sunshine laws
Origins on the Sunshine laws

  • Finally in 1967 the Florida legislative passed laws after a decade of unsuccessful attempts

http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/State_sunshine_laws


How does this relate to journalism
How does this relate to journalism?

  • The sunshine laws help professional journalists to find out key newsworthy information about what is happening in their government and with their government officials


Are sunshine laws different from state to state
Are sunshine laws different from state to state?

The concepts of the sunshine laws are the same throughout the United States. The names vary depending on the state but overall they represent the same goal.


New york
New York

  • Specifically to New York there were series of laws designed to guarantee the public has access to public records of government bodies

  • Passed in 1974

  • Called the Freedom of Informational Law (FOIL)


How might the laws be useful to a shenendahowa journalist
How might the laws be useful to a Shenendahowa journalist?

  • If you are doing an article on the government or how it effects the school you could never be denied information.

  • This is key because you will always be able to have newsworthy information to share with peers.


How might this help the shen pen
How might this help the Shen Pen?

  • The newspaper will be able to find out any information they would want to know.

  • This would make for interesting articles that would catch the interest of the students and teachers reading it.


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