1996 Legislative Report for Period Ending March 8

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: March 8

SB 202 Safety and Privacy for Jurors Act of 1996: Exempts information identifying jurors in criminal trials upon completion of the jury selection process and the swearing in of jurors. Allows disclosure by court upon a showing of good cause, and allows jurors to voluntarily participate in post-trial interviews, but prohibits disclosure of identifying information of fellow jurors. Identical to HB 47. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

  • S. Judiciary: Amended to stipulate that juror information automatically becomes public 2 years from the date of the verdict unless the court determines that an overriding interest dictates that all or part of the information should remain confidential; reported favorably as CS.

HB 553 Privatization of State Programs and Services: Provides legal standards for public/private partnerships, and, in part, stipulates that all public/private partnerships are subject to the Public Records Law and the Open Meetings Law. House Governmental Operations Committee

  • H. Appropriations: Temporarily deferred.

SB 560 University Health Services Support Organizations: Exempts contracts for managed care, marketing plans, trade secrets, and peer review procedure records of university health services support organizations. Also closes any portion of a governing board meeting during which such confidential and exempt information is discussed, and stipulates that those portions of any public record generated at closed board meetings which relate to exempt information are also exempt. Similar to HB 165. Sen. Don Sullivan (R-Seminole)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight: Reported favorably with the understanding that an amendment would be drafted to address concerns raised by FAF, FSNE, and FPA prior to the bill being scheduled before S. Ways and Means.

HB 689 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. Similar to CS/SB 426. Rep. Allen Trovillion (R-Winter Park)

  • H. Transportation/Road Construction & Highway Safety Subcommittee: Amended to exempt only identifying information on individuals using EPASS; reported favorably.

HB 717 Uniform Motor Vehicle Records Disclosure: Implements the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act; stipulates that drivers must opt-in, thus allowing public access to driver history records. Similar to SB 766. Rep. Sallie Heyman (D-N. Miami Beach)

  • H. Transportation/Road Construction & Highway Safety Subcommittee: Amended to stipulate that driver history records are public unless an individual opts-out; reported favorably.

SB 766 Motor Vehicle Records: Creates § 119.07(3)(z), F.S., to stipulate that personal information contained in any motor vehicle record is exempt upon request of the subject of such records. Similar to HB 717. S. Transportation Committee

  • S. Transportation: Temporarily deferred due to concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Justice as to whether SB 766 meets the requirements of the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.

SB 894 Open Government Sunset Review Act of 1995: Makes various changes to § 119.15, F.S., the Open Government Sunset Review Act of 1995, to correct errors and omissions. S. Governmental Reform and Oversight Committee

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight: Reported favorably.

HB 1035 Exemption for Health Care Antitrust Information: Creates an exemption for information submitted to state officials by members of the health care community as a part of a review of antitrust issues. Identical to HB 889. Similar to HB 1223; HB 1359; SB 1726. Rep. Ben Graber (D-Coral Springs)

  • H. Health Care/Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee: Reported favorably.

HB 1115: Exempts municipalities and counties from law which requires notice of settlements made by governmental entities; requires a public hearing for settlements of suits in excess of $5,000 by municipalities and counties unless the settlement agreement is entered into and funded by an insurer of the local government. Identical to SB 674. Rep. Tracy Stafford (D-Ft. Lauderdale)

  • H. Judiciary/Court Systems Subcommittee: Reported favorably.

NEW BILLS FILED

COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS INFORMATION

SB 1198 Exemption for Florida Surplus Lines Service Office: Creates an exemption for certain information provided by surplus lines agents to the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

SB 1238 Exemption for Economic Development Agency: Amends § 288.075, F.S., to include the state of Florida, thus creating an exemption for the records of any agency, person, partnership, corporation, or business entity authorized by the state to promote the general business or industrial interests of the state. S. Commerce & Economic Opportunities Committee

SB 1240 Exemption for Qualified Defense Contractor Tax Refund Program: Creates an exemption for proprietary information and tax data submitted to the Department of Commerce or the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development for the purpose of administering the qualified defense contractor tax refund program and the qualified target industry tax refund program. Similar to SB 1300 and HB 1429. S. Commerce & Economic Opportunities Committee

SB 1300 Exemption for Qualified Defense Contractor Tax Refund Program: Similar to SB 1240. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

HB 1429 Exemption for Qualified Defense Contractor Tax Refund Program: Similar to SB 1240. Rep. Annie Betancourt (D-Miami)

SB 1252 Exemption for Agency-Sealed Bids: Creates an exemption for documents used by an agency to prepare and submit certain sealed bids. Identical to HB 1869. Sen. Betty Holzendorf (D-Jacksonville)

HB 1869 Exemption for Agency-Sealed Bids: Identical to SB 1252. Rep. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

SB 1854 Exemption for Joint Public-Private Development Proposals: Creates an exemption for proposals submitted for the lease of property for joint public-private development of Department of Transportation property; stipulates that such records shall become public after the time expires for submitting the lease proposals. Identical to HB 2045. Sen. Howard Forman (D-Hollywood)

HB 2045 Exemption for Joint Public-Private Development Proposals: Identical to SB 1865. Rep. Ed Healey (D-Palm Springs)

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

HB 1817 Environmental Self-Audit Report and Voluntary Disclosure Act: In part, allows a business entity conducting an environmental self-audit to refuse to disclose, and prevent others from disclosing, an environmental self-audit report; specifies who may claim the privilege, and provides for waiver of the privilege and conditions under which the privilege does not apply. Rep. Kelley Smith (D-Palatka)

HEALTH CARE INFORMATION

HB 1223 Exemption for Antitrust No-Action Letter: Exempts certain information contained in an antitrust no-action letter submitted to the Attorney General’s Office by a member of the health care community prior to the issuance of the antitrust no-action letter and for 30 days after the date of issuance. Identical to HB 1359; Similar to HB 1035; HB 1359; SB 1726. Rep. Tom Warner (R-Stuart)

HB 1359 Exemption for Antitrust No-Action Letter: Identical to HB 1223. Rep. George Albright (R-Ocala)

SB 1726 Exemption for Antitrust No-Action Letter: Similar to HB 1223. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

JUDICIAL AND COURT RECORDS

HB 1295 Fees for Copies of Public Records: Amends § 28.24, F.S., to stipulate that fees charged by clerks of the circuit court for copies of public records other than those recorded in Official Records books must be in accordance with chapter 119, F.S., or 15 cents for a one-sided copy. Rep. Jeff Stabins (R-Spring Hill)

HB 2109 Exemption for Probable Cause Proceedings: Creates an exemption from § 286.011, F.S., closing probable cause proceedings; creates an exemption for information and records relating to investigation of complaints against licensed mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders. Rep. Buddy Johnson (R-Plant City)

PERSONAL INFORMATION

SB 1180 Exemption for Foster or Child Care Licensees: Creates an exemption for the home, business, and school address, house floor plans, telephone numbers, social security numbers, birth dates, neighbor references, and photographs of persons licensed to provide foster care or child care, and the licensed person’s spouse, children, and other adult household members; stipulates that such information may be obtained under court order in connection with the investigation of the death of a child in foster care if court ordered. Sen. Jim Hargrett (D-Tampa)

HB 1465 Exemption for Bank Account and Debit Card Numbers: Creates an exemption for bank account and debit or credit card numbers given to any agency for payment of any fee or debt. Rep. Greg Gay (R-Cape Coral)

SB 1650 Exemption for Donors to the Florida Commission on Tourism: Creates an exemption for information identifying donors or prospective donors to the Florida Commission on Tourism who desire to remain anonymous. S. Commerce & Economic Opportunities Committee

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

HB 1821 Exemption for Investigators of the Department of Banking and Finance: Creates an exemption for personal information relating to current and former investigators of the Department of Banking and Finance. Rep. Debby Sanderson (R-Ft. Lauderdale)

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