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USA TODAY Network, other Florida news organizations join public records lawsuit

The USA TODAY Network and several other major news media companies in Florida have joined a suit by state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, and the Florida Center for Government Accountability against the state for refusing to turn over pediatric COVID data.

During a pre-trial conference late Monday afternoon, Tallahassee-based Circuit Judge John Cooper granted a motion to intervene filed by the Network, the Miami Herald, the Associated Press, Scripps Media Company, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Florida First Amendment Foundation.

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