Florida lawmakers approved 13 new open-government exemptions and re-enacted seven existing exemptions during the annual legislative session that ended last week, according to the First Amendment Foundation, which tracks the issues.
The bills included exemptions (SB 200 and SB 7040) for:
— Email addresses held by county tax collectors and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
— Addresses, phone numbers and photos of current or former military members who served after Sept. 11, 2001.
— Certain recordings taken by police-officer body cameras.
Among the bills that failed to pass were a pair of proposals that would have provided public records and public meetings exemptions for information about applicants for top college and university jobs.
Disclosure: The News Service of Florida is a member of the First Amendment Foundation.
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