The Florida House voted unanimously to pass the Rex and Brody Reinhart Act on Thursday, sending the bill a step closer to becoming law.
Named for two Alachua County brothers, the bill prohibits the public from accessing the autopsy reports of minors killed through domestic violence without permission from family not involved in the deaths.
Co-introduced by Alachua County’s Rep. Chuck Clemons in the House and Sen. Keith Perry in the Senate, the bill has worked its way through four committees—three in the House and one in the Senate so far.
Clemons advocated for the bill on the House floor on Thursday.
“Now as a grieving mother, she had a right to not know those gory details,” Clemons said, speaking of Minde Reinhart. “As a grieving parent, no one should have to go through that sort of hurt.”
The bill passed 115-0 and received a standing ovation from the representatives.
Find more details on the bill at Mainstreet’s previous coverage.