Elected officials serving Florida in state, local or federal capacities are encouraged to sign the Brechner Center's Open Government Pledge in order to demonstrate their commitment to governmental transparency.

Officials who sign the pledge will be listed on the Brechner Center’s website.

Please click here for a PDF version of the Pledge.

Open Government Pledge

I believe that open and transparent government is essential to our democracy.  Florida’s citizens have both constitutional and statutory guarantees of access to government records and meetings, and access to this information is vital for citizens to exercise their political power.
I pledge to abide by the spirit and letter of Florida’s Public Records and Open Meetings Laws.  I will also uphold citizens’ constitutional right of access as established by the Florida Constitution.  I will make diligent efforts to ensure that my employees and colleagues understand and promote compliance with open government laws.
Further, I agree to use mobile electronic communications or social media for public business only if the proper systems are in place to capture and retain these public records.  I will also support efforts to place government information online whenever possible in order to facilitate access for Florida citizens.


E-mail the signed pledge to: brechnerreport@jou.ufl.edu

You may also fax it to 352-392-9173. 

Our mailing address is:
Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
P.O. Box 118400
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL  32611