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Public-records exemption for murder witnesses heading to Governor

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The Senate met the two-thirds requirement Thursday to send Gov. Rick Scott a bill creating a public-records exemption for information that could identify murder witnesses. The vote was 34-3 to accept CS/CS/HB 111, the House version of legislation sponsored in the Senate by Ocoee Democrat Randolph Bracy. Exemptions to Florida’s stringent public-records laws require two-thirds votes in both Houses. The House overwhelmingly approved the measure on March 30. Voting “No” in the Senate were Rob Bradley, Jeff Brandes, and Jeff Clemens. Bracy…

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House overwhelmingly passes reform bill for Florida public-private partnerships

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On Tuesday, the Florida House passed a pair of bills seeking to reform the process the state uses to enter public-private partnerships. LobbyTools reports the bill, which enacts a series of task force recommendations, will give more flexibility to entities entering into P3 agreement as well as streamline the process and regulate unsolicited P3 agreements. If passed, the bill requires the Department of Management Services to keep copies of other P3 agreements, as a template for future projects. Along with several “P3”…

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Florida could soon limit access to police camera videos

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Florida may soon place limits on who is allowed to access video taken by body cameras worn by law enforcement officers. The Florida Legislature on Friday sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would keep confidential police videos that are shot in a house, a health care facility or any place that a “reasonable person would expect to be private.” The House voted 112-2 for the bill. It passed the Senate earlier this week. Supporters of the measure contend…

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