1996 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 19

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 19

SB 92 Deepwater Ports: Exempts proposals and counter proposals and related financial records for the sale, use, or lease of land or of port facilities exchanged between deepwater ports and nongovernmental entities; stipulates that exemption expires 30 days before consideration by the governing body of the deepwater port. Identical to HB 183. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Operations Committee: Temporarily deferred.

SB 426 Exemption for Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority: Creates an exemption for information on individuals using EPASS, an automated electronic system for collecting tolls via credit card or check, in the possession of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Identical to HB 689. Sen. Buddy Dyer (D-Orlando)

  • Senate: Amendment exempting personal identifying information in the possession of DOT, a county, or an expressway authority for the purpose of paying tolls by use of a credit card, charge card, or check, is adopted; passed Senate as amended. [35-0]

SB 560 University Health Services Support Organizations: Creates exemptions for certain records and meetings of university health support organizations. Similar to CS/HB 165. Sen. Don Sullivan (R-Seminole)

  • Senate: Amendment narrowing exemption and stipulating that all records become open at a specific time is adopted; passed Senate as amended. [37-1 (Sen. Latvala voting no) ]

CS/SB 766 Motor Vehicle Records: Implements the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act by stipulating that the name, address, telephone number, social security number, driver’s identification number, photograph, and medical disability information of any person contained in any motor vehicle record is exempt upon request of such person; allows certain exceptions for access to driver history records. Similar to CS/HB 717. S. Transportation Committee

  • Senate: Amendment allowing private investigators access to closed driver history records is introduced; temporarily deferred with amendment pending.

CS/SB 1180 Exemption for Foster Care Licensees: Creates an exemption for records relating to a person licensed to provide foster care or child care to children, and the licensed person’s spouse, children, and other adult household members; also exempts meetings of multidisciplinary teams for the purpose of reviewing service needs of certain minors. Similar to HB 2073. Sen. Jim Hargrett (D-Tampa)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: Amendment deleting meetings exemption is adopted as is a second, minor amendment; reported favorably with 2 amendments.

SB 2966 Exemption for Municipal Audits: Creates an exemption for information received by a municipality or its agent in connection with certain audits; stipulates that such information becomes public at a certain time.

  • S. Community Affairs Committee: Temporarily deferred.


Again, there wasn’t much action this past week on public access issues, but we do expect a great deal of activity in the next week to 10 days. The following is a list of bills that are on the Special Order Calendars in the House and Senate, and will likely be heard within the week:

Senate: SB 766 Motor Vehicle Records
SB 1190 911 Tapes
SB 1252 Sealed Bids by Agencies


House: HB 231 Restorative Justice Boards
HB 165 University Health Services Support Organizations
HB 2363 Automobile Joint Underwriting Association
HB 183 Deepwater Ports
HB 689 Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
HB 1869 Agency Sealed Bids
HB 2515 Public Utility Records
HB 2523 911 Tapes
HB 1801 Rabies Vaccination Certificates
HB 47 Safety and Privacy for Jurors Act of 1996


Representative Greg Gay (R-Cape Coral) has filed two amendments to CS/HB 47, the Safety and Privacy for Jurors Act, the first of which would delete the substance of the bill, replacing it with a requirement that jurors summons contain the following notice in bold type:

NOTICE: If you are selected to serve on a jury, your name, address, and any other identifying information concerning you
shall be available to any party requesting such information, including the defendant, under the Florida Public Records Act.

The second amendment adds the substance of CS/HB 129, making it a crime to harass or threaten a juror, to CS/HB 47.

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

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