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When will responses to formal solicitations be available for public access?
On June 2, 2011, Governor Scott signed HB 7223 into law. This new legislation amends Florida’s public records and sunshine laws by expanding “exemptions” applicable to bids, proposals and replies to sealed competitive solicitations, and closed evaluation meetings from the public in certain instances.

Section 119.071, Florida Statutes was amended to provide that sealed bids, proposals, or replies received by a Florida public agency shall remain exempt from disclosure until an intended decision is announced or until 30 days from the opening, whichever is earlier. This means that bidders will not be able to procure a copy of their competitor’s bids until an intended decision is reached or 30 days has elapsed since the time of the bid opening. The prior version of the law provided for a 10 day exemption.

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1. Are vendors who have submitted sealed bids / proposals required to be present at the bid / proposal opening?
2. Will the information contained in the sealed bids / proposals be announced during the bid / proposal opening?
3. When will responses to formal solicitations be available for public access?
4. Are Evaluation Committee meetings for formal solicitations open to the public?