1998 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 10

Symbol Meaning
Current action
CS Committee Substitute
P Passed both Chambers
W Withdrawn from further consideration
97 Bills carried over from 1997 Session

For Period Ending: April 10

SB 116 Exemption for Domestic Violence Records: Creates a public records exemption for the addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers of participants in the Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence. Similar to CS/CS/HB 1639. Sen. Betty Holzendorf (D-Jacksonville)

  • Senate: Laid on table; CS/CS/HB 1639 substituted. See CS/CS/HB 1639.

CS/SB 506 Investigations/Department Children, Families & Seniors: Deletes the current exemptions for investigative records of the Department of Children, Families and Seniors in cases involving the death of a child, a disabled adult, or an elderly person while in custodial care. Stipulates that any person may have access to such records, and that information identifying the person who reported the abuse or neglect leading to the death may not be released. Similar to CS/HB 1433. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: Amended to stipulate that information identifying the person reporting the abuse shall not be released (changed from may), and to delete the provisions allowing the Department to share confidential or exempt information; reported favorably with two amendments.

SB 746 Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association: Stipulates that the Florida Automobile JUA is subject to the Public Records Law and the Open Meetings Law. Creates public records exemptions for underwriting files; claims files, until termination of all litigation and settlement of all claims; records obtained or generated by an internal auditor; attorney-client communications; proprietary information; association employee medical information; records concerning employee participation in substance abuse programs; information relating to certain negotiations; and minutes of closed meetings until a time specified. Also creates an exemption for portions of meetings during which confidential underwriting files or confidential open claims files are discussed, but stipulates that closed portions of meetings must be recorded by a court reporter, and that the transcript of the closed portion of the meeting becomes public after settlement of the claim. Similar to CS/HB 1887. Sen. Charles Williams (D-Live Oak)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: One minor amendment adopted; reported favorably with one amendment.

SB 806 Investigations/Florida Land Sales Division: Stipulates that information relative to an investigation by the Florida Land Sales Division is exempt from the Public Records Law until 10 day after a notice to show cause has been filed, or until the investigation is complete or ceases to be active. Provides that consumer complaints relative to such investigations remain exempt under certain, specified conditions. Identical to CS/HB 1903. Sen. Fred Dudley (R-Cape Coral)

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

CS/SB 1408 Exemption for Worker’s Compensation Records: Creates a public records exemption for investigatory records of the Division of Workers’ Compensation are exempt until the investigation is completed or ceases to be active, unless the records would reveal certain, specified information. No House companion. Sen. Charlie Clary (R-Destin)

  • S. Governmental Reform & Oversight Committee: One amendment to the constitutionally-required statement of public necessity adopted; reported favorably with one amendment.

CS/SB 1614 Exemption for Entertainment Industry Records: Creates a public records exemption for records of the Office of the Entertainment Industry Commissioner, the Entertainment Florida Council, or other entity authorized to perform the functions of the council, containing the identity, trade secrets, or information concerning plans, intentions, or interests of any private corporation, partnership, or person locating, relocating, or expanding any of its business activities in Florida, if such person requests confidentiality. The exemption expires if the information is released by the party requesting confidentiality, or, in the case of identity only, until the party retains a business location in the state. Similar to HB 4125. Sen. Katherine Harris (R-Sarasota)

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

CS/CS/HB 1639 Exemption for Domestic Violence Records: Creates a public records exemption for the addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers of participants in the Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence; allows release of the exempt information under certain, specified circumstances. Similar to SB 116. H. Law Enforcement & Public Safety; Rep. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

  • Senate: Substituted for SB 116; amended to conform to SB 116; passed the Senate (35/0). Passed the Legislature.

HB 3887 Exemption for Child Abuse and Neglect Records: Creates a public records exemption for records relating to child abandonment by expanding the current exemption in § 415.51, F.S., for all records of the Department of Children, Families and Seniors concerning child abuse or neglect. Also stipulates that, except for information identifying individuals, all records involving the death of a child determined to be a result of abuse, abandonment, or neglect shall be released to the public within 10 days of the completion of the investigation. No Senate companion. Rep. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach)

  • H. Health & Human Services Appropriations Committee: Reported favorably.

HB 4385 Florida Partnership for Children First: Creates a public records exemption for information identifying a child or a child’s family obtained by the Florida Partnership for Children First; allows release of such information upon written consent of the child’s parent or guardian. No Senate companion. Rep. Cynthia Chestnut (D-Gainesville)

  • H. Education Appropriations Committee: Reported favorably.

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