1997 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 4

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 4

CS/HB 95 Exemption for Individual Motor Vehicle Records: Implements the federal Driver’s Privacy & Protection Act; creates an exemption for personal identifying information contained in motor vehicle records upon request by the person who is the subject of the record; provides certain exceptions; authorizes disclosure of driver history records under certain circumstances; authorizes resale and redisclosure under certain conditions; increases the fee for copies of driver history records from $3 to $5. Similar to CS/SB 2028. Rep. Sallie Heyman (D-N. Miami Beach)

  • House: Passed House (118/0); in Senate Messages.

SB 174 Exemption for Victims and Witnesses: Creates an exemption for identifying and locating information of victims of and witness to crimes obtained in connection with victim and witness protection services. Identical to HB 181. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: Reported favorably.

HB 181 Exemption for Victims and Witnesses: Identical to SB 174. Rep. Addie L. Greene (D-West Palm Beach)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: One minor amendment adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

SB 364 Exemption for Department of Insurance: Expands the current exemption in § 408.7056, F.S., for identifying information of subscribers to the Statewide Provider and Subscriber Assistance Program contained in reports obtained by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) or the Department of Insurance (DOI) to include such information contained in documents or reports prepared or reviewed by the review panel. Also creates an exemption for meetings of the review panel if the subscriber who filed the grievance requests the closure and AHCA or DOI determines that sensitive or personal information may be reviewed. Identical to HB 1437. Sen. Ginny Browne-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • S. Banking & Insurance Committee: Amended to delete exemption for meetings of the review panel and to instead exempt records and meetings “that would specifically disclose the subscriber’s medical treatment or medical history;” reported favorably as a CS.

CS/HB 493 Florida Violent Crime Council: Creates the Florida Violent Crime Council within the Department of Law Enforcement; creates an exemption for those portions of meetings when the Council presents or discusses information concerning active criminal intelligence as defined by § 119.011, F.S. Also exempts portions of public records generated at the closed council meetings, and stipulates who may attend council meetings. Similar to SB 966. Rep. Bob Sindler (D-Apopka)

  • House: Amended to stipulate that the chairman of the Council must announce the need to close a meeting at a public meeting; require closed meetings to be recorded; limit who may attend the closed meeting; and stipulate that the tape of the closed meeting becomes public at a specific time; passed as amended (118/0).

SB 652 Investigations/Florida Land Sales Division: Creates a limited exemption for information relating to investigations by the Florida Land Sales, Condominiums, and Mobile Homes Division, including consumer complaints. Stipulates that such information becomes public 10 days after a notice to show cause has been filed by the division, or if no notice is filed, when the investigation is complete or is no longer active. Sen. Fred Dudley (R-Cape Coral)

  • S. Judiciary Committee: Minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

HB 711 Exemption for Housing Finance Authority/Personal Financial Records: Stipulates that if a housing finance authority applies for or obtains a charter for a federal savings and loan association or bank, then the personal financial records of the members of the housing finance authority or the board of directors of the bank are exempt from public disclosure. Similar/identical to SB 666. Rep. Jack Tobin (D-Coconut Creek)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Reported favorably (3/1, Rep. Bill Posey voting no).

SB 718 State Financial Matters: In part, allows the Department of Management Services (DMS) to collect fees for the use of its “electronic information services;” stipulates that the fees, at a minimum, must be sufficient to cover the cost of providing the service, including overhead. Similar to HB 1413. Sen. George Kirkpatrick (D-Gainesville)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: Amended, in pertinent part, to stipulate that DMS may collect fees for providing remote electronic access to public records pursuant to 21 119.085, F.S. (conforms to HB 1413, as amended); reported favorably as a CS.

SB 904 Exemption for Florida Surplus Lines Service Records: Creates an exemption for information filed by surplus lines agents with the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

  • S. Banking & Insurance Committee: Temporarily postponed at the request of the sponsor.

HB 1413 State Financial Matters: In part, allows the Department of Management Services (DMS) to collect fees for the use of its “electronic information services;” stipulates that the fees, at a minimum, must be sufficient to cover the cost of providing the service, including overhead. Similar to SB 718. Rep. Alzo Reddick (D-Orlando)

  • H. Governmental Rules & Regulations Committee: Amended, in pertinent part, to stipulate that DMS may collect fees for providing remote electronic access to public records pursuant to § 119.085, F.S. (conforms to CS/HB 718); reported favorably.

w HB 1685 Public Hospital Records and Meetings: Amends § 395.3035, F.S., allowing a public hospital board to close meetings to discuss written strategic plans, to include a definition of “strategic plan”. Similar to SB 952. Rep. Sandy Murman (D-Tampa)

  • House: Withdrawn from further consideration.

SB 1832 Employee Assistance Program: Revises a provision exempting records and communications relating to a state employee’s participation in employee assistance programs. Also creates a similar exemption for county and municipal employees. Similar to CS/HB 901. Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Palm Harbor)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: Amendments to stipulate that the routine monitoring of employee telephone calls by the employing agency does not violate the exemption are adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

SB 1850 Genetic Testing: Amends § 760.40, F.S., to provide a definition for “genetic testing.” Also amends the exemption for genetic test results to stipulate that such information, whether held by a private or public entity, can only be released upon the written consent of the person tested; provides both criminal and civil penalties for the unauthorized disclosure of such information. Similar to CS/HB 37. Sen. Howard Forman (D-Hollywood)

  • S. Health Care Committee: Minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

NEW BILLS FILED

PERSONAL INFORMATION

HB 1849 Foster Care Licensees: Creates an exemption for identifying information and certain other information contained in files that pertain to the licensure of family foster homes, residential child-care agencies, and child-placement agencies. Similar to SB 354. Rep. Sandy Murman (D-Tampa)

SB 2430 Personal Financial Information/Housing Assistance Award: Creates an exemption for personal financial information provided by applicants for a housing assistance award administered by a local government entity; stipulates that such exemption is for a period of three years and does not apply to information related to action taken by the local government in processing a particular application. Also allows a party to petition a court for access to the exempt information. Sen. Buddy Dyer (D-Orlando)

SB 2444 Background Screening Information/Direct Care Employees: Creates an exemption for information obtained in a background checks on direct care employees of assisted living facilities and adult day care centers. Also exempts notification of adverse incidents by a hospital or ambulatory surgical center to the Agency for Health Care Administration. Sen. Howard Forman (D-Hollywood)

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