1995 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 7

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 7

HB 29: Public Meetings: Stipulates that any conduct occurring outside the state which would constitute a knowing violation of the Open Meetings Law is a second degree misdemeanor. Identical to SB 1484. Rep. Lee Constantino (R-Altamonte Springs)

CS SB 228/Distribution of Violent Video Games: Prohibits knowing distribution of “excessively violent” video games to any person under the age of 18. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

  • S. Judiciary: Amended to prohibit the sale of video games unless the rating of the game by the Entertainment Software Rating Board is clearly displayed on the outside of the game; reported favorably as CS.

HB 277/OGSR – Professional Golf Hall of Fame Audits: Stipulates that the Dept. of Revenue must provide a summary of any audit of the Professional Golf Hall of Fame. Similar to SB 1064. H. Governmental Operations

  • House: Bill read third time; passed House. (117-0)

CS SB 282/Legislative Internet Bill: Requires a wide variety of legislative information–bill text, history, etc.–be placed on the Internet; prohibits fees. Identical to HB 167. Sen. Robert Wexler (D-Boca Raton)

  • S. Governmental Reform: Amended to place requirements in ch. 11 rather than ch. 119; reported favorably as CS.

SB 496/Victims of Sexual Crimes: Exempts court records containing 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 HB 695. Sen. Robert Wexler (D-Boca Raton)

  • S. Judiciary: Reported favorably.

HB 583/OGSR – Whistle-Blower’s Act: Narrows exemption for information received under the Whistle-Blower’s Act, stipulating that such information is exempt for 30 days or until the investigation is closed or ceases to be active. Similar to SB 1854. H. Governmental Operations

  • House: Bill tabled; SB 1854 substituted. Refer to SB 1854.

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

  • H. Natural Resources: Temporarily deferred. According to a letter from Rep. Smith to the FAF, HB 709 will be withdrawn from further consideration due to opposition to the exemption.

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

  • S. Judiciary: Amendment by Sen. Dudley (R-Coral Springs) to require legislative review in 2000 adopted; reported favorably as CS.

SB 810/Exemption for Trade Secrets: Creates an exemption for trade secrets obtained by HRS. Sen. Buddy Dyer (D-Orlando)

  • S. Natural Resources: Reported favorably.

HB 883/OGSR – Prepaid Limited Health Services Organizations: Expands current exemption to include proprietary financial information; exempts information obtained pursuant to an investigation until investigation is completed or no longer active. Identical to SB 1784. H. Governmental Operations

  • House: Bill tabled; SB 1784 substituted. Refer to SB 1784.

CS HB 1269/Exemption for Records of Economic Development Agency: Broadens definition of “economic development agency” for purposes of current public records law exemption. Identical to SB 442. Rep. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach); Jack Ascherl (D-New Smyrna Beach)

  • H. Governmental Operations: Amended to prohibit any binding agreement on behalf of a public entity and any private entity or person requesting confidentiality until 90 days after such information has been made public; reported favorably as CS.

SB 1484/Public Meetings: Stipulates that any conduct occurring outside the state which would constitute a knowing violation of the Open Meetings Law is a second degree misdemeanor. Identical to HB 29. Sen. John Ostalkiewcz (R-Orlando)

  • S. Governmental Reform: Reported favorably.

CS HB 1655/Exemption for the Joint Underwriting Association: Creates an exemption for open claims files and related minutes of meetings of the Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Assoc; closes meetings relating to the evaluation or compromise of claims. Similar to SB 1664. Rep. Tracy Upchurch (D-St. Augustine)

  • H. Insurance: Amended to broaden exemption to include underwriting files, open and closed claim files, and proprietary business information; reported favorably as CS.

SB 1664/Exemption for Joint Underwriting Association: Similar to HB 1655. Sen. Daryl Jones (D-Miami)

  • S. Banking & Insurance: Amended to more closely conform to HB 1655; reported favorably with 1 amendment.

CS HB 1707/Exemption for Health Care Providers’ Fee: Creates an exemption for certain health care providers’ fees schedules under the state group insurance program; closes meetings when such records are discussed. Similar to SB 2554. Rep. George Crady (D-Yulee)

  • H. Governmental Operations: Amended to stipulate that exempt records shall be available to certain administrative personnel; reported favorably as CS.

SB 1784/OGSR – Prepaid Limited Health Services Organizations: Expands current exemption to include proprietary financial information; exempts information obtained pursuant to an investigation until investigation is completed or no longer active. Identical to HB 883. S. Banking & Insurance

  • House: Substituted for HB 883; read second time.

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)

  • H. Community Affairs: Reported favorably with 1 technical amendment.

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)

  • H. Insurance: Reported favorably.

SB 1818/Exemption for F. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center: Creates exemptions for proprietary business information; closes meetings of the cancer center’s governing board. Similar to HB 2595. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

  • S. Higher Education: Reported favorably with minor amendment.

SB 1854/OGSR – Whistle-Blower’s Act: Narrows exemption for information received under the Whistle-Blower’s Act, stipulating that such information is exempt for 30 days or until the investigation is closed or ceases to be active. Similar to HB 583. S. Governmental Reform

  • House: Substituted for HB 583; read second time.

HB 2129/OGSR – Hospital Records and Meetings: Closes meetings of hospital boards when discussing confidential records; stipulates that an official record must be made of such meetings and that the official record will become public at some specific future time.

  • House: Bill read third time; passed House. (118-0)

HB 2133/Microfilming and Destruction of Public Records: Repeals provisions which provide legislative intent relating to microfilming and destruction of public records pursuant to local act. Identical to SB 2782. Rep. Rob Wallace (R-Tampa)

  • H. Community Affairs: Reported favorably with 3 technical amendments.

HB 2197/OGSR – Agency for Health Care Administration: Narrows exemption for patient records, stipulating that only patient-specific identifying information is exempt rather than the entire record.

  • House: Bill read third time; passed House. (118-0)

CS SB 2452/Exemption for Concealed Weapons Licenses: As originally filed, revised the duties of the Division of Criminal Justice Information Systems within FDLE. Similar to HB 2537. Rep. Locke Burt (R-0rmond Beach)

  • S. Criminal Justice: Amendment creates an exemption for identifying information in concealed weapons licenses; reported favorably as CS.

HB 2585/Dept. of Management Services – Electronic Information Services: In part, authorizes the Division of Purchasing in DMS to collect fees for the use of its electronic information services. H. Appropriations

  • House: On Special Order.

HB 2595/Exemption for H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center: Amended in H. Gov. Ops to delete meetings exemption provision. Similar to SB 1818. H. Governmental Operations

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