Florida bill would protect names of criminal witnesses

A Tampa lawmaker has filed a bill that would shield the identities of “witness(es) to a felony” from being released to the public.

The legislation creates an exemption from Florida public records law of witnesses’ “personal identifying information,” prohibiting its disclosure, including to the news media.

State Rep. Ed Narain, a first-term Democrat, has submitted the bill (HB 475). Continue…