1997 Legislative Report for Period Ending March 7

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: March 7

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)

  • H. Transportation Committee: Reported favorably (unanimous).

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. Community Affairs Committee: Reported favorably (unanimous).

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. Commerce & Economic Opportunities Committee: Reported favorably (unanimous).

SB 660 Investigations/Health Care and Social Services Interns: Expands the current exemptions in §§ 455.225 and 455.261, F.S., for investigations of complaints against licensed health care and social services professionals to also include interns and provisional professionals. Identical to HB 605. Sen. Betty Holzendorf (D-Jacksonville)

  • S. Health Care Committee: Reported favorably (unanimous).

NEW BILLS FILED

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL INFORMATION

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)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION

SB 886 Exemption for Photographs of Law Enforcement Personnel: In part, stipulates that the exemption from the Public Records Law for photographs of active and former law enforcement personnel is inapplicable in the case of arrested personnel. Identical to HB 465. Sen. Doc Myers (R-Stuart)

SB 966 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 HB 493. Sen. Al Gutman (R-Miami)

HB 1029 Public Safety Information Act: Creates the Public Safety Information Act; authorizes state or local law enforcement agencies to release public criminal offender information that is not exempt from public disclosure under the Public Records Law. Identical to SB 514. Rep. Victor Crist (R-Temple Terrace)

HB 1105 Videotaped Statements of Minors: Creates an exemption for the videotaped statements revealing personal identifying information about a minor who is the victim of certain specified crimes, including sexual battery, lewd acts, or other sexual misconduct. Identical to SB 1396. Rep. George Albright (R-Ocala)

SB 1396 Videotaped Statement of Minors: Identical to HB 1105. Senate sponsor not yet identified.

SB 1656 Exemption for Child Abuse Reports: Creates an exemption for all records concerning reports of child abuse or neglect, including reports made to the central abuse hotline and all records generated as a result of such reports. Stipulates that, except for individual identifying information, records involving the death of a child as the result of abuse or neglect must be released to the public within 10 days after the completion of the investigation. Senate sponsor not yet identified.

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

SB 1480 Environmental Improvement Program: In part, stipulates that information, documents, or records prepared as a result of an environmental self-audits pursuant to the Environmental Improvement Program are not subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in any civil or administrative action except under certain specified conditions. Senate sponsor not yet identified.

HEALTH CARE INFORMATION

SB 952 Public Hospital Records and Meetings: Amends § 395.3035, F.S., providing, in part, an exemption for public hospital written strategic plans, to include an exemption for votes by a public hospital’s governing board to adopt or modify such strategic plans. Also defines “strategic plan” to include: initiating or acquiring a new health service; acquiring or expanding additional facilities; changing all or part of the use of an existing facility or a newly acquired facility; acquiring, merging, or consolidating with another health care facility or health care provider; entering into a shared service arrangement with another health care provider; and marketing the services of the hospital and its ancillary facilities. Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

SB 1634 Complaints/Managed Care Ombudsman Committee: Creates an exemption for patient records and identifying information of complainant involved in complaint to a statewide or district managed care ombudsman committee. Identical to HB 511. Senate sponsor not yet identified.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

HB 901 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. Rep. Margo Fischer (D-St. Petersburg)

HB 1139 Exemption for Rabies Certificate Information: Creates an exemption for any information contained in a rabies vaccination certificate provided to the animal control authority; allows inspection of rabies vaccination certificate one certificate at a time and only in nonelectronic formats; prohibits the commercial solicitation of anyone identified by such information. Also prohibits the release of rabies certificate information if such information is to be used for commercial purposes; stipulates that violation of the prohibition is a civil penalty as provided in § 828.27(2), F.S. Identical to SB 1580. Rep. Bob Sindler (D-Apopka)

SB 1580 Exemption for Rabies Certificate Information: Identical to HB 1139. Senate sponsor not yet identified.

SB 1292 Exemption for Victims of Domestic Violence: Creates an exemption for certain personal information about participants in the Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence (see SB 946). Sen. Betty Holzendorf (D-Jacksonville)

SB 1322 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. Sen. Al Gutman (R-Miami)

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