Florida Legislature: Public records exemption for higher ed leadership hopefuls dies in Senate

By: | April 28, 2021

A measure that would have provided a public-records exemption for information about people applying to lead Florida colleges and universities died in the Senate, as it failed to draw the required support of two-thirds of senators.

The Senate voted 25-14 to support the bill (HB 997), falling one vote short of the 26 votes needed to reach a legally required two-thirds threshold for passing public-records exemptions.

All Senate Republicans backed the measure and picked up the vote of Sen. Jason Pizzo, D-North Miami Beach, while 14 Democrats opposed the bill. Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, did not vote in the roll call that determined the outcome of the bill, though she submitted a largely symbolic vote later against the bill.

The bill sought to shield the release of “personal identifying information” about candidates applying to be college or university presidents.

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