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Taxpayer email addresses to be shielded

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The House on Friday gave final approval to a bill (SB 200) that would create a public-records exemption for taxpayer email addresses held by county tax collectors.

House members voted 117-0 to approve the bill, which supporters say can help prevent identity theft and scams.

The Senate last month unanimously passed the measure, which is ready to go to Gov. Rick Scott.

The public-records exemption would prevent the release of taxpayers' email addresses obtained by county tax collectors for the purpose of sending tax notices.

The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, which advocates for open records and open government, has opposed the bill.