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Newly Signed Military Public Records Exemption Bill Now Florida Law

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Governor Rick Scott has approved three public records exemptions, and one gives an exemption for military members and their spouses.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) says he’s happy the Governor signed a measure into law that allows for the exemption of certain personal information about current and past military service members and their spouses. Gaetz says he filed the measure—now law—to deter terrorist groups, like ISIS, from obtaining such information.

“So, now anyone has served this country after September 11th can take their papers to the local property appraiser, the local supervisor of elections, and get their personal information removed from the public records,” said Gaetz.

On Tuesday, the Governor also approved a public records exemption—now law—for court records related to settlement agreements of claims on behalf of a minor. The other exemption—which takes effect next month—exempts the records of agencies investigating violations of the Florida RICO Act, the state’s racketeering law meant to fight organized crime.

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