Public Records Measures Move Forward

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida House subcommittee has approved seven bills that add exceptions to the state's public records laws.

Information connected to auto accident victims, red light cameras, safe houses and family trust companies would be limited under the various measures passed Monday by the the House Government Operations Subcommittee.

The panel also approved a bill (HB 1151) that would broaden the open records statute by a 13-0 vote. Provisions include mandatory training of employees on open records law and specifying, and possibly lowering, fees required to get copies of records.

The bill is opposed by the Florida League of Cities, which believes that some elements of the bill could open the door to increased litigation over open records cases.

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