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Medical Examiners Records Exemption Sought In Florida

Florida Senate (TFP File Photo)
Florida Senate (TFP File Photo)

Senate and House members Thursday filed bills that would provide a public records exemption for personal information about medical examiners and their family members.

Sen. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Lisa Dunkley, D-Sunrise, filed the bills (SB 1272 and HB 1237) for consideration during the 2024 legislative session, which will start Tuesday.

The bills would shield from public disclosure information such as addresses, telephone numbers and dates of birth of current and former medical examiners and their spouses and children.

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“The Legislature finds that the release of such personal identifying and location information poses potential security risks for and allows unwarranted intrusion into the private lives of such current or former medical examiners and their family members,” the bills said. “Public availability of such personal identifying and location information may compromise the ability of such current or former medical examiners to carry out their public duties and disrupt the operation of the medical examiners’ offices.”

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