Gov. Scott signs video voyeurism bill, other measures

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A bill that would increase penalties for video voyeurism against a minor, making it a second degree felony instead of a third degree felony and requiring those convicted of it to register as six offenders was signed into law Friday by Gov. Rick Scott, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill (HB 437) by Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, also would allow prosecutors to charge defendants in child pornography cases with a separate crime for each victim in a photo or video, instead of with just one crime per file. The governor also signed a bill (HB 667), which would allow people who kill someone in a crash while fleeing police to be charged with first or second degree murder instead of third degree murder. The measure was inspired by the death of Hernando County Deputy John Mecklenburg, a 35-year-old father of two, who was killed in a crash while pursuing a fleeing suspect. Scott also signed legislation (SB 198) that expands the number of provider companies that can participate in the retirement program for university professors and administrators. Currently there are five firms allowed to participate in the retirement program, and 80 percent of the management of the program’s roughly $200 million under investment is managed by just one firm, TIAA-CREF. Scott also signed bills protecting the identity of people who donate to performing arts centers (SB 570), a public records exemption for biomedical research peer review materials (SB 1856) and a public records exemption for donors to the Old Capitol museum (SB 374).

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