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Islamic State group cited as need for records exemption

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A Florida state representative is using the threat of the Islamic State group to advance a bill that could make it harder for people to find addresses and phone numbers of military service members, their spouses and children.

The House Local & Federal Affairs Committee unanimously approved the bill Wednesday. It now goes to the full House.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz‘ bill (HB 185) would allow active and former military members to tell government agencies to keep private personal information that would otherwise be public record. It would also apply to spouses and children.

The bill originally applied only to members of special operations units, but Gaetz said he expanded the language because the Islamic State group posted names and addresses of 100 soldiers and urged sympathizers to kill them.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press. 

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