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Lawmaker, nonprofit sue Florida over COVID-19 data public records

Florida Department of Health halted daily COVID reports in June, shifting to weekly releases

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Democratic state lawmaker and a non-profit group have filed a lawsuit alleging the Florida Department of Health has violated public-records laws by refusing to provide detailed data about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability filed the lawsuit late Monday in Leon County circuit court, after the department rebuffed requests for information.

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