Rep. Smith Continues Suing FL Department of Health to Make COVID-19 Records Public

Rep. Smith Continues Suing FL Department of Health to Make COVID-19 Records Public

Pursuit for the truth continues

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
September 13, 2021

As Florida continues to be the most-watched state during the COVID-19 pandemic, not many inside the state government are making noise about transparency, but one Florida legislator is.   State Rep. Carlos G. Smith (D-49) is still pushing for the Florida Department of Health to release detailed records on COVID-19.

Smith has been consistent in his mission to pursue the truth on the COVID-19, having his request for the disclosure for COVID-19 information by age, totally shot down in July of 2021.  Officials cite a statute that prevented the information from being disclosed and has put away the issue until now.

Rep. Smith is continuing to push his lawsuit against the Florida Department of Health, arguing that it is necessary for public health that this data be disclosed.  Reportedly, Democrats are siding with Republicans on shutting off avenues of information, everything from property records to Public Service Commission meetings.

Since the breaking announcement, the Orlando Sentinel has endorsed Smith's efforts, per Rep. Carlos G. Smith's Twitter account:

The Orlando Sentinel has reportedly gone to court twice now for the noble pursuit to disclose public records on the pandemic, framing this as a fight against the Florida establishment and not a battle down party lines.

Smith is no stranger to defying the status quo.  The Floridian previously reported on Smith when he recklessly claimed that Socialism never killed anyone.  Smith's statement earlier this year earned him the condemnation of many big names in Florida Politics, such as US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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