Bay news 9 by Troy Kinsey
December 2, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legislation filed for consideration during Florida’s 2020 legislative session would bar the disclosure of lawmakers’ home addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and the workplaces of their relatives.
Should it become law, it would represent a significant erosion of the state’s Sunshine Law. However, the measure’s sponsor argues it is necessary for personal safety.
Here’s 5 questions asked and answered regarding the proposed legislation and its chances of getting passed:
1. What has prompted the legislation?
The sponsor of SB 832, Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland), says the increasingly heated rhetoric — including threats of physical violence — in America’s political sphere is threatening the safety of public officials. By blocking the release of the four data points, she argues, it would be more difficult for would-be perpetrators to cause lawmakers harm.