TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Police departments would be required to
adopt policies to protect confidential informants under a bill headed to the governor.
The bill (HB 271) named for Rachel Hoffman, who was murdered
while acting as a confidential informant for Tallahassee police, passed on a 40-0 Senate vote Thursday.
It passed the House earlier.
Hoffman, a 23-year-old Florida State graduate, was recruited by
authorities after being caught with some marijuana and pills not
prescribed for her.
At the time, she was in a court-ordered drug treatment program, which should have made her ineligible to work as an informant.
The legislation would also require police departments to train officers who recruit confidential informants on department policies.