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SB 7022 — OGSR/Depictions or Recordings of the Killing of a Law Enforcement Officer

by Criminal Justice Committee

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Criminal Justice Committee (CJ)

The bill narrows the public records exemption in s. 406.136, F.S., which provides that photographs and video and audio recordings that depict or record the killing of any person when held by an agency are confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), F.S., and Art. I, s. 24(a), State Constitution, except they are accessible to certain specified family members of the deceased person and public governmental agencies without a court order. Under the bill, the exemption will only apply to photographs and video and audio recordings held by an agency that depict or record the killing of a law enforcement officer who was acting in accordance with his or her official duties.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2016.

Vote: Senate 36-0; House 117-0