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Miami-Dade-backed 'witness protection' bill now goes to governor's desk

Parents of murdered kids


With overwhelming support from the Florida Senate on Thursday, a proposal — heavily inspired by ongoing gun violence in Miami-Dade County — that affords new protections for murder witnesses will go to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk and possibly become law.

HB 111 passed the Senate by a 34-3 vote, similar to the near-unanimous show of support the bill received in the House late last month.

Senators from Miami-Dade County called the bill “long overdue.”

“I talk a lot about senseless violence and things that happen in my community. This is one of those bills that will help the law enforcement officers find the perpetrators of these senseless acts,” said Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens.

Hialeah Republican Sen. René García agreed: “Back in our community, the biggest problem that we have is people don’t want to speak up when they see a crime. This bill is going to go a long way to ensure that people’s voices are heard, their identities are kept private.”

More here.

Photo credit: Members of the Miami-based Parents of Murdered Kids were recognized in the Senate gallery on Thursday, April 13, 2017, prior to a floor vote on a bill that shields murder witnesses’ identities from being disclosed in public records. HB 111 now goes to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk to be signed into law. Florida Channel.