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Jack's Case Discussed in Jeb

Journalist and author S.V. Dáte's 2007 report of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's eight years in office includes an entire section which examines the history of Jack's legal battle with the state's Agency for Health Care Administration -- a battle to gain access simply to public records of government health-care policies and procedures.

Excerpt:

Jack Sisson was a seventy-seven-year-old retiree who wanted to know what the state's guidelines were for patient care. He did what any resident has a right to do and filed a public records request of Jeb's Agency for Health Care Administration.

Sure, AHCH officials told him, but only after a judge finally forced them to concede they had the documents in question. We'll be happy to provide them -- for a mere $61,815.

...To [Jeb Bush], the public records statute was never a real law, just one of those annoying obstacles that are sometimes thrown in the way of real leaders like himself. It didn't take him long at all to figure out a way to get around it.

Even if it meant charging Mr. Sisson $61,815.

The pages of the book which refer to Jack are available in a PDF document (1.8MB in size) here at Jack's site:

Civil Rights

Homelessness

Sealed Court Records

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