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Lawmakers Consider Public Records Exemption For Boxing Competitions

Ryan Dickey

Who beat who in last night’s boxing match? Under a proposed measure Floridians won’t be able to find out by filing a public records request with the state boxing commission. Rep. Jake Rayburn (R-Valrico) says that should be considered proprietary information.

“There was a small loophole in that records about who won a fight were reported to the boxing commission. They’ll still be reported to the boxing commission. But they would be available for a public records request immediately after they were reported,” Rayburn says.

Rayburn’s bill changes that. He says it’s something that’s important to a TV show called The Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has begun filming in Florida. The producers want to ensure the results of a fight are protected until the show airs.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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