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Measure addresses obtaining electronic records from out-of-state corporations

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REP. JUAN ALFONSO FERNANDEZ-BARQUINA House panel has signed off on a measure that would make it easier for prosecutors to obtain electronic records from out-of-state corporations that do business in Florida over the internet.

The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on January 23 to approve HB 103 by Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin, R-Miami.

Under the measure, out-of-state corporations that fail to respond to a subpoena in a timely fashion would face indirect criminal contempt charges and fines of between $100 and $1,000 per day.

Fernandez-Barquin told the panel that the measure would make it easier for the state to fight crimes such as human trafficking.

“There are a lot of out-of-state corporations that do business in Florida over the internet,” he said. “A lot of times, these internet companies don’t respond to a subpoena in a timely fashion and it makes it very difficult to find out who is behind this.”

The bill heads next to the House floor.

A companion, SB 1002 by Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, faces a final vote in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice before reaching the Senate floor.

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