1995 Legislative Report for Period Ending March 24

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: March 24

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)

  • House: Read 2nd time; amendments adopted; placed on special order calendar.

HB 109/Safety and Privacy for Jurors Act: Exempts the names and addresses of jurors in civil and criminal trials, and prohibits the disclosure of such information. See SB 2166. Rep. Greg Gay (R-Cape Coral)

  • H. Governmental Operations/Governmental Accountability Sub.: Proposed committee substitute exempts the names and addresses of jurors in criminal trials and allows court to make such information public upon showing of good cause; reported favorably.

SB 158/OGSR – Motor Fuel Marketing Practices Act: Exempts trade secrets and proprietary confidential business information contained in records received by the Dept. of Agriculture. See HB 291. S. Agriculture

  • Senate: Tabled; HB 291 substituted. See HB 291.

CS SB 166/OGSR – HMO Patient Data: Closes patient records containing identifying information; exempts all records generated at governing board meetings closed to the public. S. Health Care

  • Senate: Amendment by Sen. Buddy Dyer (D-Orlando) requires transcript of all closed meetings be made available after a specific period of time adopted; bill as amended passed unanimously.

CS SB 226/OGSR – Health Care-Related Information: Exempts records, reports, and documents that are patient-specific or otherwise identify a patient. Similar to HB 885. S. Health Care

  • Senate: Passed unanimously.

HB 263/OGSR – Investigations of Nonprofit Organizations: Stipulates that records pertaining to investigations of nonprofit organizations by the Dept. of Legal Affairs are exempt only which such investigations are active. Similar to SB 1298. H. Gov. Ops

  • Senate: Substituted for SB 1298; passed unanimously.

HB 269/OGSR – Investigations of Pari-Mutuel Industry: Closes investigative records until an administrative complaint is issued or the investigation is closed or ceases to be active. H. Gov. Ops

  • H. Finance & Tax: Reported favorably.

HB 279/OGSR – State Lottery: Exempts records generated during closed meetings of the State Lottery Commission. Similar to SB 1296. H. Gov. Ops

  • Senate: Substituted for SB 1296; passed unanimously.

HB 291/OGSR – Motor Fuel Marketing Practices Act: Exempts trade secrets and proprietary confidential business information held by the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. Similar to SB 158. H. Gov. Ops

  • Senate: Substituted for SB 158; passed unanimously.

HB 409/Exemption for Social Security Numbers: Broadens current exemption for social security numbers of state agency employees to include all current and former government agency employees. See SB 890. Rep. Josephus Eggeletion (D-Lauderdale Lakes)

  • H. Governmental Operations/Governmental Accountability Sub.: Amended to exempt the names and addresses of Dept. of Revenue tax administration and child enforcement personnel; reported favorably.

HB 583/OGSR – Whistle-Blower’s Act: Stipulates that investigative information is exempt for an initial period of up to 30 days to determine whether an investigation is needed, or until the investigation is closed or ceases to be active.

  • House: Withdrawn from H. Appropriations.

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. Judiciary: Temporarily deferred.

CS SB 874/Open Government Sunset Review Act: Amends the OGSR process, providing for one automatic review of all exemptions to ch. 119 and § 286.011, F.S., five years after enactment.

  • Senate: Passed unanimously.

SB 1012/Exemption for University Health Services Support Organization: Provides specific exemptions for university health services support organizations; amended to exempt records generated during closed meetings. Identical to HB 497. Sen. Don Sullivan (R-Seminole)

  • S. Governmental Reform: Reported favorably.

SB 1064/OGSR – Professional Golf Hall of Fame: Requires the Department of Revenue to provide a summary of exempted audits of the Professional Golf Hall of Fame. See SB 1064. H. Gov. Ops

  • S. Commerce: Temporarily deferred.

HB 1149/Remote Electronic Access: Stipulates that fees for remote electronic access are permissive rather than mandatory, and that agency state strategic plans for information resource management include components identifying agency data and applications that can be made available through remote electronic means. Identical to SB 1334. Rep. Ron Klein (D-Boca Raton)

  • H. Gov. Ops: Proposed committee substitute making minor modifications adopted; reported favorably as CS.

SB 1296/OGSR – State Lottery: Reenacts current exemptions for the Dept. of State Lottery. Similar to HB 279. S. Commerce & Economic Opportunities

  • Senate: Tabled; HB 279 substituted. See HB 279.

SB 1298/OGSR – Investigations of Nonprofit Organizations: Reenacts current exemptions for investigations of nonprofit organizations by the Dept. of Legal Affairs. Similar to HB 263. S. Commerce & Economic Opportunities

  • Senate: Tabled; HB 263 substituted. See HB 263.

HB 1485/Exemption for Department of Elderly Affairs: Exempts identifying information about elderly persons obtained by the Dept. of Elderly Affairs; stipulates that such information may not be disclosed publicly. Rep. Carl Littlefield (R-Dade City)

  • H. Aging/Aging & Rehabilitative Sub.: Amendment adopted to legislative findings notes that such information is currently exempt when held by HRS; reported favorably as PCS.

HB 1739/Official v. Public Records: Stipulates that clerks of the circuit court may charge only 15¢ a page for public records. Rep. Lori Edwards (D-Auburndale)

  • H. Judiciary: Rep. Cosgrove offered an amendment which would require the Uniform Chart of Accounts Development Committee to study appropriate fees for copying documents by the clerks of the circuit courts failed; bill reported unfavorably; motion to reconsider adopted; pending.

SB 1784/OGSR – Prepaid Limited Health Services Organizations: Exempts proprietary financial information contained in contracts; exempts information obtained pursuant to an examination or investigation until the examination report has been filed or the investigation is complete and no longer active. Identical to HB 883. S. Banking and Insurance

  • S. Banking and Insurance: Reported favorably.
  • Senate: Passed unanimously.

SB 1854/OGSR – Whistle-Blower’s Act: Reenacts with modifications the exemption for information provided under the Whistle-Blower’s Act. Similar to HB 583. S. Governmental Reform

  • S. Governmental Reform: Reported favorably.

HB 1865/Public Records Modernization Trust Fund: Reenacts the Public Records Modernization Trust Fund without modification. See SB 2236. Rep. Beryl Roberts-Burke (D-Miami)

  • H. Judiciary/Systems, Probate Sub.: Reported favorably.

New Bills Filed

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

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

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

HB 1865/Public Records Modernization Trust Fund: Reenacts the Public Records Modernization Trust Fund, allowing clerks of the circuit court to charge a fee for recording official records, without modification. Identical to SB 2236. Rep. Beryl Roberts-Burke (D-Miami)

HB 1891/Risk-Based Capital Reports and Plans: Exempts risk-based capital reports and plans. Similar to SB 2246. Rep. Debbie Horan (D-Key West)

HB 2133/Microfilming and Destruction of Public Records: Repeals § 257.37, F.S., providing legislative intent relating to microfilming and destruction of public records; deletes reference to such section from §§ 229.781 and 230.331. Rep. Rob Wallace (R-Tampa)

HB 2197/OGSR – Agency for Health Care Administration: Narrows exemption for health care records, exempting only those portions of patient records containing patient-specific information; exempts the identity of any health care provider who submits proprietary business information to the agency; defines “proprietary business information.” H. Gov. Ops

SB 2236/Public Records Modernization Trust Fund: Identical to HB 1865. Sen. Charles Williams (D-Live Oak)

SB 2404/University Personnel Records: Stipulates that certain university records are not limited access records; requires adoption of rules prescribing the content and custody of limited-access records. Sen. George Kirkpatrick (D-Gainesville)

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