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Former Gov. Askew honored for open government policies

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 8, 2004

ORLANDO - Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew was honored Saturday as a champion of open government during his administration in the 1970s.

Askew received the Friend Of The First Amendment Lifetime Achievement Award from the First Amendment Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fosters public access to government meetings and records.

Among his contributions over two terms, Askew is well-known for a constitutional amendment that imposed ethical standards on public officials.

"He was a consistent supporter of public access to information," said Paul C. Tash, chairman of the foundation's board of trustees and editor and president of the St. Petersburg Times.

The award, the first of its kind, was given during a dinner attended by 200 people celebrating the foundation's 20th anniversary.

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