402.19 Photographing records; destruction of records; effect as evidence.—The Department of Children and Family Services may authorize each of the agencies under its supervision and control to photograph, microphotograph, or reproduce on film or prints, such correspondence, documents, records, data, and other information as the department shall determine, and which is not otherwise authorized to be reproduced under chapter 119, whether the same shall be of a temporary or permanent character and whether public, private, or confidential, including that pertaining to patients or inmates of the agencies, and to destroy any of said documents after they have been reproduced. Photographs or microphotographs in the form of film or prints made in compliance with the provisions of this section shall have the same force and effect as the originals thereof would have, and shall be treated as originals for the purpose of their admissibility in evidence. Duly certified or authenticated reproductions of such photographs or microphotographs shall be admitted in evidence equally with the original photographs or microphotographs.
History.—s. 1, ch. 65-195; ss. 19, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 264, ch. 77-147; s. 140, ch. 99-8.