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Peer-to-peer Support for First Responders (Watch)

CS/CS/SB 160 (Perry) and CS/CS/HB 573 (Casello) provides confidentiality for peer-to-peer communications between first responders, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians/paramedics, public safety communications officers and dispatchers. The bills provide that such peer-to-peer communications are confidential and prevent first responders from testifying to the contents of such communications during legal proceedings and disciplinary hearings. The bills also create several exceptions to the confidentiality. (Hughes)