When there is no apparent good reason for a bill in the Florida Legislature, it usually is a bad bill. That is the case with a dangerously broad exemption to the state’s public-records law.
House Bill 249 is billed as a way to prevent election fraud by redacting the e-mail addresses of people seeking to register to vote. But the bill would apply that exemption to “The e-mail address of a voter registration applicant or voter,” (italics ours.) Any voter? Worse, the bill would make those e-mail addresses not just exempt from the public-records law but confidential, meaning they never could be released.
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