Police officers may have moved a step closer to gaining temporary confidentiality after serious or deadly shooting incidents with preliminary approval of a bill Tuesday that would allow secrecy for up to 60 days.

Senate Bill 1445 advanced in the House of Representatives toward a final vote despite concerns that confidentiality hurts the public more than it protects the police. The House version, however, would reduce the secrecy period from the 90 days approved in the Senate.

The bill, chiefly sponsored by Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, passed the Senate on a 23-6 vote.

Lobbyist Chris Moeser, who represents Phoenix Newspapers Inc., the parent to The Arizona Republic, has spoken against the bill.

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