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HB 7015 — OGSR/Body Camera Recordings

by Oversight, Transparency and Public Management Subcommittee and Rep. Shoaf (SB 7032 by Criminal Justice Committee)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Criminal Justice Committee (CJ)

The bill saves from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature a public records exemption in s. 119.071(2)(l), F.S., relating to certain body camera recordings. A body camera is a portable electronic recording device that is worn on a law enforcement officer’s body and that records audio and video data in the course of the officer performing his or her official duties and responsibilities.

Section 119.071(2)(l), F.S., makes a body camera recording, or a portion thereof, confidential and exempt from public disclosure if the recording is taken:

  • Within the interior of a private residence;
  • Within the interior of a facility that offers health care, mental health care, or social services; or
  • In a place that a reasonable person would expect to be private.

The public records exemption also specifies when a law enforcement agency may or must provide disclosure, and also provides for court-ordered disclosure and specifies grounds the court must consider in reaching its decision regarding disclosure.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2020.

Vote: Senate 32-7; House 114-1