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Want public records? ‘So sue me’ seems to be state’s attitude, First Amendment experts say

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration — from state health and emergency management officials on down — have resisted sharing all they know with the public.

Instead, he and his team have chosen public relations over public records, deciding what information they want to release, First Amendment experts say.

They’ve carefully choreographed and strategically staged news conferences and photo ops spotlighting various achievements in the battle against the virus. READ MORE