National Freedom of Information Coalition
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Veto push on Florida records limitations

First Amendment advocates are asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto three Senate bills his office received on Thursday, arguing that each measure represents another diminishment of Florida’s long tradition of open government and open records.

The First Amendment Foundation, an advocacy group for open government funded by newspapers and other groups and individuals, is asking Scott to veto four bills, including a House bill he has yet to receive.

The FAF wants Scott to reject a bill (SB 248) on his desk that would block the public from seeing certain portions of recordings of body cameras that are now being used more frequently by law enforcement agencies, including city police departments. The exemption would apply to recordings in residences, health facilities or other areas where there was “a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Continue>>>