Florida Senate - 2022 SB 178 By Senator Pizzo 38-00167-22 2022178__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to visiting county and municipal 3 detention facilities; creating s. 951.225, F.S.; 4 authorizing specified persons to visit at their 5 pleasure county and municipal detention facilities; 6 prohibiting persons not otherwise authorized by law 7 from entering such facilities; providing exceptions; 8 prohibiting the unreasonable withholding of permission 9 for professional journalists or writers to enter such 10 facilities; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 951.225, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 951.225 Persons authorized to visit county and municipal 17 detention facilities.— 18 (1) All of the following persons are authorized to visit at 19 their pleasure any county or municipal detention facility: 20 (a) The Governor. 21 (b) Cabinet members. 22 (c) Members of the Legislature. 23 (d) State court judges. 24 (e) State attorneys. 25 (f) Public defenders. 26 (2) A person not otherwise authorized by law may not enter 27 a county or municipal detention facility except under such rules 28 or regulations as the county and municipal detention facilities 29 may prescribe. Permission may not be unreasonably withheld from 30 a person who gives sufficient evidence to the facility that he 31 or she is a professional journalist, as defined in s. 90.5015, 32 or a writer. 33 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.