State Senator Mike Fasano was notified by the First Amendment Foundation that he has been chosen to be the recipient of the 2012 Pete Weitzel/ Friend of the First Amendment Award. The award is named after Pete Weitzel a former editor with The Miami Herald and founder of the First Amendment Foundation in 1985. Mr. Weitzel was known for his efforts to increase citizen access to government. The award bearing his name is given annually to a Floridian who has worked to advance open government issues.
“The nomination for the award was based on your commitment to ensuring that the people’s interests were represented in the Florida Senate and that the legislative process remained open and accessible to its people,” states Barbara Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation. “You have set a standard all those in government should emulate…we greatly appreciate your efforts on behalf of the public.”
“I am humbled to be recognized by the prestigious First Amendment Foundation,” Senator Fasano states. “Too often government goes too far in closing records from public scrutiny. I was honored to have worked with the Foundation during my tenure as a lawmaker, and in particular during this past year, to help keep public records what they should be: public.”
The First Amendment Foundation holds its annual Sunshine Recognition luncheon in Tallahassee during the next legislative session. Senator Fasano’s award will be presented on March 14, 2013 in the capital city.