1996 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 26

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 26

CS/HB 47 Safety and Privacy for Jurors Act: Exempts identifying information of criminal jurors upon completion of the jury selection process for a period of two years; also exempts the name, address, and telephone numbers of grand jurors. Similar to SB 202; SB 110. Rep. Greg Gay (R-Cape Coral)

  • House: Amendment offered by Rep. Gay strikes everything in the bill, and requiring that a notice of public disclosure be placed on jury summons and making it a crime to harass or threaten a juror is adopted; passed the House as amended. [106-7]

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 & Oversight Committee: Reported favorably.

CS/HB 129 Crimes Against Jurors: Amends Florida Statutes to make it a crime to harass or threaten jurors. Rep. Greg Gay (R-Cape Coral)

  • House: One technical amendment is adopted; passed the House as amended. [113-0]

CS/HB 165 University Health Services Support Organizations: Exempts contracts for managed care arrangements, marketing plans, trade secrets, and peer review procedure records. Also closes governing board meetings if confidential records are to be discussed, and exempts certain information in transcripts of those meetings. Similar to SB 560. Rep. Cynthia Chestnut (D-Gainesville)

  • House: Laid on table; SB 560 substituted. See SB 560.

HB 183 Deepwater Ports: Exempts proposals and counterproposals 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 the exemption expires 30 days before consideration by the deepwater port’s governing body. Identical to SB 92. Rep. Les Miller (D-Tampa)

  • House: Technical amendment adopted; passed House as amended. [110-0]

CS/HB 231 Restorative Justice Boards: Creates an exemption for meetings and records of a Restorative Justice Board when discussing or deliberating pending juvenile matters; requires closed meetings to be recorded, and stipulates that closed records become public upon certain conditions. Rep. Joe Arnall (R-Jacksonville Beach)

  • House: Passed the House. [116-0]

CS/SB 426 Exemption for Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority: Exempts personal identifying information provided to or acquired by the Department of Transportation; a county, or an expressway authority for the purpose of using a credit card, charge card, or check for the payment of tolls. Identical to CS/HB 689. Sen. Buddy Dyer (D-Orlando)

  • House: Taken up in lieu of CS/HB 689; amendment offered by Rep. Gay to exempt bank account, credit card, charge card, and debit card numbers given to an agency for payment of any fee or debt is adopted; passed the House as amended. [114-0]

SB 560 University Health Services Support Organizations: Creates exemptions for certain records and meetings of university health services support organizations; stipulates that records become public after a specific period of time. Similar to CS/HB 165. Sen. Don Sullivan (R-Seminole)

  • House: Taken up in lieu of CS/HB 165; amendment offered by Rep. Goode (D-Melbourne) that would make records relating to expansion of a health facility outside the county in which it currently exists subject to public disclosure fails; passed the House. [115-1 (Rep. Goode voting no)] Passed the Legislature.

CS/HB 689 Exemption for Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority: Exempts personal identifying information provided to or acquired by the Department of Transportation; a county, or an expressway authority for the purpose of using a credit card, charge card, or check for the payment of tolls. Identical to CS/SB 426. Rep. Allen Trovillion (R-Winter Park)

  • House: Laid on table; CS/SB 426 substituted. See CS/SB 426.

CS/HB 717 Uniform Motor Vehicle Records Disclosure Act: Implements the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act; stipulates that driver history records are public unless an individual opts-out; authorizes disclosure of driver history record under certain circumstances; authorizes resale and redisclosure under certain conditions. Similar to CS/SB 766. Rep. Sallie Heyman (D-N. Miami Beach)

  • H. Appropriations Committee: An amendment appropriating $36,570 from the Highway Safety Operating Trust fund to implement the legislation is adopted; reported favorably.

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 identification number, photograph, and medical disability information of any person contained in any motor vehicle record is exempt upon request of such person. However, there are certain exceptions allowing access to driver history records of those who opted out. Similar to CS/HB 717. S. Transportation Committee

  • Senate: Amendment allowing access by private investigators is withdrawn; amendment allowing access by attorneys involved in litigation is adopted; passed Senate as amended. [37-0]

SB 1190 Exemption for 911 Records: Expands current exemption for the name, address, and telephone number of callers to 911 to exempt the entire 911 record. Similar to CS/HB 2523. Sen. John McKay (R-Bradenton)

  • Senate: Amendment limiting exemption to the name, address, telephone number and identifying information of callers to 911 and requestors of emergency services is adopted; passed the Senate as amended. [33-0]

CS/SB 1252 Exemption for Sealed Bids by Agencies: Creates an exemption for documents used directly or solely by a municipally owned utility to prepare and submit bids. Similar to CS/HB 1869. Sen. Betty Holzendorf (D-Jacksonville)

  • Senate: Passed the Senate. [35-1 (Sen. Latvala voting no)]

CS/HB 1801 Exemption for Rabies Vaccination Certificate: Creates an exemption for information identifying the owner of a vaccinated animal contained in rabies vaccination certificates. Similar to SB 468. Rep. Jim King (R-Jacksonville)

  • House: Technical amendment is adopted; passed the House as amended. [104-9]

HB 1853 Health Care Service Programs: In part, clarifies that the term “identifying information” means information identifying patients, not HMOs. Similar to SB CS/2222. Rep. Debra Prewitt (D-New Port Richey)

  • H. Appropriations Committee: Temporarily deferred.

W SB 2306 Exemption for Probable Cause Proceedings & Records: Creates an exemption from § 286.011 for probable cause proceedings; creates an exemption from ch. 119 for certain information and records, relating to investigation of complaints against licensed mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders. Identical to HB 2109. Sen. Katherine Harris (R-Sarasota)

  • Withdrawn from further consideration.

HB 2363 Exemption for Automobile Joint Underwriting Association: Creates an exemption for the underwriting files, open claims files, audit reports, minutes of closed meetings, and other records of the Automobile Joint Underwriting Association for a specific period of time; closes meetings of the Association when exempt records are discussed. Identical to SB 2706. Rep. Randy Ball (R-Titusville)

  • House: Amendment clarifying that the exemption is not waived when records are transferred to a private insurance agency is adopted; passed the House as amended. [116-0]

HB 2515 Exemption for Public Utility Records: Creates an exemption for identifying information of public utility customers when the customer requests in writing that such information be withheld and states that such information is not reasonably available from another source. Similar to SB 2200. Rep. Bob Casey (R-Gainesville)

  • House: Technical amendments are adopted; passed the House as amended after some debate. [83-31]

CS/HB 2523 Exemption for 911 Tapes: Expands current law to exempt the name, address, and telephone number of callers to 911 or persons requesting emergency services when the records are in the possession of public agencies responding to the emergency. Similar to SB 1190. Rep. Shirley Brown (D-Sarasota)

  • House: Technical amendments are adopted; passed the House as amended. [113-1 (Rep. Mackenzie voting no)]

SB 2638 Exemption for Clinical Records of Juvenile Defendants: Requires HRS to maintain a clinical record for juvenile defendants committed to the Department; creates an exemption for such records. Sen. Ron Silver (D-N. Miami Beach)

  • S. Health & Rehabilitative Services Committee: Minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

SB 2706 Exemption for Automobile Joint Underwriting Association: Creates an exemption for the underwriting files, open claims files, audit records, minutes of closed meetings, and other records of the Automobile Joint Underwriting Association for a specific period of time; closes meetings of the Association when exempt records are discussed. Identical to HB 2363. Sen. Katherine Harris (R-Sarasota)

  • S. Banking & Insurance Committee: Reported favorably.

SB 2852 Victim Exemptions: Creates an exemption for information that discloses the location of a victim or witness, or the location of victim or witnesses family members, who have been identified or certified for protection or relocation by the state attorney. Similar to CS/HB 2681. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

  • S. Criminal Justice Committee: Amended to clarify when exemption applies and to stipulate that such information may become public under certain conditions; reported favorably as a CS.

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The following legislators voted in opposition to the bills listed below:

HB 47: Lacasa; Lippman; Mackenzie; Spivey; Tobin; Villalobos; R. Wallace; Wasserman Schultz.

HB 1801: Bradley; Brennan; Feren; Hafner; Lippman; Mackenzie; Ritchie; Spivey; Wasserman Schultz.

HB 2515: Bradley; Brennan; Brown; Bush; Dennis; Edwards; Feren; Frankel; Futch; Geller; Goode; Greene; Hafner; Lippman; Lynn; Miller; Peeples; Posey; Prewitt; Reddick; Ritchie; Roberts-Burke; Rojas; Smith; Spivey; Tobin; Turnball; Upchurch; Villalobos; Wasserman Schultz; and Speaker Wallace .

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