1995 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 28

Symbol Meaning
Current action
CS Committee Substitute
_ Passed both Chambers
W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 28

HB 5/Access to Local Public Officials: Authorizes citizen contact with local public officials in response to matters which may be taken up by a board or commission. Similar to SB 438. Rep. Lee Constantine (R-Altamonte Springs)

  • Senate: Substituted for SB 438; minor amendments adopted.

CS HB 109/Safety and Privacy for Jurors Act: Exempts the names and addresses of jurors in criminal trials and allows court to make such information public upon showing of good cause. Similar to CS/SB 2166. Rep. Greg Gay (R-Cape Coral)

  • House: Amendment adopted last week by H. Appropriations (See FAF Legislative Report of 4/21) fails; CS/HB 109 passed House. [116-1 (Rep. Wallace opposes)]

CS HB 137/Patient Records: Exempts patient records held by managed care ombudsman committees. Identical to SB 558. Rep. John Rayson (D-Pompano Beach)

  • House: Passed House. [114-1 (Rep. Barreiro opposes)]

CS HB 365/Geographic Information Council: Creates the Florida Geographic Information Council for the purpose of facilitating the sharing of GIS data. Identical to SB 814. Rep. Alzo Reddick (D-Orlando)

  • House: Passed House. [113-0]

CS HB 409/Exemption for Social Security Numbers: Exempts social security numbers of all current and former government agency employees; exempts names and addresses of Dept. of Revenue tax administration and child enforcement personnel. Similar to SB 890. Rep. Josephus Eggeletion (D-Lauderdale Lakes)

  • House: Tabled. Refer to SB 890.

SB 438/Access to Local Public Officials: Authorizes citizen contact with local public officials in response to matters which may be taken up by a board or commission. Similar to HB 5. Sen. Ron Silver (D-North Miami Beach)

  • Senate: Amendments conforming to CS/HB 5 adopted; bill tabled. Refer to CS/HB 5.

SB 496/Victims of Sexual Crime: Exempts information identifying victims of certain sexual crimes; creates a civil right of action against any entity or individual communicating such information prior to open judicial proceedings. Similar to CS/HB 695. Sen. Robert Wexler (D-Boca Raton)

  • House: Rep. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey) offers amendment to exempt all court records revealing identifying information of victims of certain sexual crimes and otherwise conform to CS/HB 695 adopted; passed House as amended. [115-0]

CS HB 497/Exemption for University Health Support Organizations: Provides specific exemptions for records and meetings of university health support organizations. Similar to SB 1012. Rep. Cynthia Chestnut (D-Gainesville)

  • House: Minor amendment to provision exempting records of closed meetings adopted; amendment to exempt records relating to peer review procedures adopted; passed House as amended. [110-0]

SB 530/Whistle-Blower’s Act: Stipulates that investigative information received pursuant to the Act is exempt if the information relates to allegations made under the Act and the investigation is active. Identical to HB 1803. Sen. Jim Hargrett (D-Tampa)

  • House: Substituted for HB 1803; passed the House [111-1 (Edwards opposes)]

CS HB 695/Victims of Sexual Crimes: Exempts all court records revealing identifying information of victims of certain sexual crimes; creates a civil right of action against any entity or individual communicating the identity of a sexual crime victim prior to open judicial proceedings. Similar to SB 496. Rep. Mike Fasano (R-Jacksonville)

  • House: Tabled. Refer to SB 496.

HB 709/Environmental Self Audits: Creates an exemption for environmental self audits. Similar to SB 934. Rep. Kelley Smith (D-Palatka)

  • H. Appropriations: Rep. Lars Hafner (D-St. Petersburg) offers a “strike everything” amendment creating a public records exemption for contract bids for underground storage tanks; adopted; reported favorably with 1 amendment.

CS SB 764/Public Records Modernization Trust Fund: Reenacts the Public Records Modernization Trust Fund, authorizing clerks of the circuit courts to charge a fee for recording official records, with modification. Identical to HB 1881. S. Judiciary

  • S. Ways & Means: Reported favorably with 2 amendments.

CS HB 819/Victims of Crime: Exempts addresses and telephone numbers of victims of certain crimes for 5 years upon written request by the victim of the crime and official verification that the crime occurred. Identical to CS/SB 2198. Rep. Mark Flanagan (R-Bradenton)

  • House: Minor amendment adopted; passed House as amended. [112-1 (Edwards opposes)]

SB 890/Exemption for Social Security Numbers: Exempts social security numbers of all current and former government agency employees; exempts names and addresses of Dept. of Revenue tax administration and child enforcement personnel. Identical to CS/HB 490. Sen. Robert Wexler (D-Boca Raton)

  • House: Substituted for CS/HB 409; passed the House. [115-0]

CS HB 1269/Economic Development Agency: Prohibits binding agreements on behalf of a public entity and any private entity or person requesting confidentiality until 90 days after such information has been made public. Similar to SB 442. Rep. Evelyn Lyn (R-Ormond Beach)

  • House: Passed the House. [115-0]

HB 1803/Whistle-Blower’s Act: Stipulates that investigative information received pursuant to the Act is exempt if the information relates to allegations made under the Act and the investigation is active. Identical to SB 530 Rep. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

  • House: Tabled; refer to SB 530.

HB 1817/Exemption for Materials Transaction Act: Creates an exemption for reports obtained by the Dept. of Insurance under the Materials Transaction Act. Rep. Debbie Horan (D-Key West)

  • House: Minor amendment adopted; passed House as amended. [111 – 1 (Rep. Edwards opposes)]

HB 2133/Microfilming & Destruction of Public Records: Repeals § 257.37, F.S., providing legislative intent relating to microfilming and destruction of public records. Identical to SB 2782. Rep. Rob Wallace (R-Tampa)

  • House: Minor, clarifying amendments adopted; passed House as amended. [111-0]

SB 2782/Microfilming & Destruction of Public Records: Repeals § 257.37, F.S., providing legislative intent relating to microfilming and destruction of public records. Identical to HB 2133. Sen. Katherine Harris (R-Sarasota)

  • S. Governmental Reform: Reported favorably with 4 minor amendments.

SOME GOOD NEWS — FINALLY!!!

We found out this week that CS/HB 1163, the Electronic Records Bill, has been withdrawn from its additional committees of reference and is on the House Calendar thanks to the efforts of Rep. Anne Mackenzie (D-Ft. Lauderdale). The Senate companion, CS/SB 1336, is still hung up in the Senate Committee on Rules and Calendar, chaired by Sen. Toni Jennings (R-Orlando).

There is still no guarantee of the bills’ passage, however, and we need you all to CALL OR WRITE YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES in both the House and Senate and express your support for the legislation.

WE NEED YOUR HELP, SO PLEASE CALL OR WRITE SOON!

If you need additional information, please call Barbara Petersen toll-free at (800) 337-3518, or in the Tallahassee area, at 222-3518.

The First Amendment Foundation wishes to thank Florida Legislative Reporters for providing the Foundation with on-line access to its FAST System.

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