1997 Legislative Report for Period Ending March 14

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: March 14

HB 99 Deepwater Ports and Nongovernment Entities: Creates a limited exemption for proposals and counter proposals related to the sale, use, or lease of land or port facilities exchanged between a deepwater port and a nongovernmental entity. Such records cease to be exempt 30 days before such proposals or counter proposals are considered for approval by the governing body of a deepwater port. Also creates an exemption for financial records submitted by nongovernmental entities to such ports. Identical to SB 450. Rep. Lesley Miller, Jr. (D-Tampa)

  • Placed on Consent Calendar.

SB 240 Exemption for Housing Assistance Information: Creates an exemption for medical history records, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, telephone numbers, and information related to health or property insurance furnished by an individual to any agency pursuant to federal, state, or local housing assistance programs. Sen. Howard Forman (D-Hollywood)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: Three minor amendments adopted; reported favorably.

SB 354 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. Sen. Jim Hargrett (D-Tampa)

  • S. Children, Families & Seniors Committee: Amended (1) to exempt only identifying information from neighbor references; (2) to exempt other identifying information rather than “similar sensitive, personal information;” and (3) to include in the exemption foster parents who adopt; reported favorably.

SB 450 Deepwater Ports and Nongovernment Entities: Creates a limited exemption for proposals and counter proposals related to the sale, use, or lease of land or port facilities exchanged between a deepwater port and a nongovernmental entity. Such records cease to be exempt 30 days before such proposals or counter proposals are considered for approval by the governing body of a deepwater port. Also creates an exemption for financial records submitted by nongovernmental entities to such ports. Identical to HB 99. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

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

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/identical to SB 966. Rep. Bob Sindler (D-Apopka)

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

SB 652 Investigations/Florida Lands 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. Regulated Industries Committee: Amended to add language subjecting the exemption to the Open Government Sunset Review Act; reported favorably.

SB 888 Children and Family Services Records: Amends § 119.07(7), F.S., by providing for the release of records relating to investigations by the Department of Children and Family Services of the death of disabled adults, elderly person or children as a result of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment. Stipulates that a court must order that such records are exempt from disclosure if the Department or any person or organization shows a compelling interest requiring nondisclosure. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

  • S. Children, Families & Seniors Committee: Minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

SB 1010 Exemption for Credit and Debit Card Numbers: Creates an exemption for credit and debit card account numbers in the possession of a state agency or a unit of local government. Sen. George Kirkpatrick (D-Gainesville)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: Amendment adopted to subject the exemption to the Open Government Sunset Review Act; reported favorably.

NEW BILLS FILED

PERSONAL INFORMATION

HB 1167 Exemption for Department of Corrections Personnel: Amends § 119.07(3)(I), F.S., to include licensed clinicians and educational personnel of the Department of Corrections in the exemption for home addresses and telephone numbers of various government employees. Also includes an exemption for records kept by the Agency for Health Care Administration in the same provision. Similar to SB 1322. Rep. Lindsay Harrington (R-Punta Gorda)

SB 1812 Donors/Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida Graduates: Creates an exemption for donors to the Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida Graduates who desire to remain anonymous. Sen. Jim Horne (R-Jacksonville)

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. Identical to HB 901. Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Palm Harbor)

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/identical to HB 37 and 127. Sen. Howard Forman (D-Hollywood)

PUBLIC MEETINGS

SB 1768 County Staff/Closed Litigation Sessions: Expands the exemption for litigation discussions in § 286.011(8), F.S., to allow any county staff member or consultant “significantly involved in pending litigation” to attend closed litigation sessions. Sen. Ron Klein (D-Boca Raton)

SB 1858 Local Government/Settlement of Suits: Amends § 164.106, F.S., to allow local governments to settle any lawsuit, except those between local governments, without a public hearing if the governing body has adopted a settlement procedure by resolution or ordinance that delegates specific settlement authority to a risk manager, third-party insurer, or administrator. Sen. Charles Williams (D-Live Oak)

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We’ve put together our first Best and Worst List for the 1997 Legislative Session. If you have any questions about the bills listed below, or would like more information on the current status of a particular piece of legislation, call us at 1-800-337-3518 or 904-224-3518. Remember, this list is subject to revision as bills are amended and new bills filed.

••BEST••

  1. CS/HB 71 and SB 304 The Shield Law
  2. HB 465 and SB 886 Release of Photographs of Law Enforcement Personnel
  3. SB 888 Children and Family Services Records
  4. SB 1656 Exemption for Child Abuse Reports

••WORST••

  1. SB 220 Information Marketing Council
  2. SB 666 and HB 711 Personal Financial Records
  3. HB 1139 and SB 1580 Rabies Vaccination Certificates
  4. HB 1167 and SB 1322 Agency for Health Care Administration Records

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