SB 1227 Modifies various provisions relating to confidential law enforcement information
Sponsor: Mayer
LR Number: 5227S.01I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 2/28/2008 - Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page: S414
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2008

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Current Bill Summary

SB 1227 - This act extends expiration dates for law enforcement and public safety related exceptions to the Open Meetings and Records Law, commonly known as the Sunshine Law, from December 31, 2008 to December 31, 2012.

This act allows records and documents regarding internal investigations by a law enforcement agency on the fitness and conduct of an officer employed by the agency, which are used solely for employment matters, to remain closed unless the records and documents are used in a criminal investigation.

The Social Security number, date of birth, address, or any other personal identifier of a law enforcement officer shall be removed from any criminal case record in which the officer is not the defendant before the record is made available to the public unless the court determines that disclosure will not harm the officer or the officer's family.

If an unauthorized disclosure results in physical or financial harm to an officer or his or her family, the person disclosing the information shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class D felony for each subsequent offense.

This act is similar to HB 1997 (2007).