Bill aims to keep lid on names of Florida college president candidates

The names of everyone applying to be a university or state college president in Florida will no longer be public under legislation making its way through the Legislature.

The legislation, which has been filed for six years, cleared a hurdle by passing the Florida Senate’s education committee on a 6-to-4 vote along party lines Tuesday morning. It is now in the hands of the committee on government oversight and accountability. Under the bill, only the names of applicants who become finalists for the top jobs at state universities and colleges would be made public.

But public records advocates, such as the Florida First Amendment Foundation, say that information doesn’t tell the public enough.

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