1998 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 3

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W Withdrawn from further consideration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 3

w SB 556 Exemption for Delinquent Personal Property Tax Application: Creates a public records exemption for applications to participate in an installment program for the payment of delinquent personal property taxes. No House companion. Sen. Howard Forman (D-Hollywood)

  • Senate: Withdrawn from further consideration.

CS/SB 870 Exemption for Social Workers: Amends the exemption (§ 455.621, F.S.) for investigations into complaints by AHCA and the Department of Health to also include licensed master social workers and licensed bachelor social workers. Also amends the exemption (§ 455.707, F.S.) for participation in treatment programs for impaired practitioners to include such social workers. Identical to HB 3209. Sen. Matthew Meadows (D-Lauderhill)

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

CS/SB 1604 County Clerks Public Records Access Act: Stipulates that the clerks of court of each county must provide Internet access no later than December 31, 1999, without additional charge or obligation to the public, to the following public records and information: deeds, mortgages, tax liens, and real property transactions; minutes of county commission meetings and agendas of future meetings; marriage licenses and orders of dissolution of any marriage; all final judgments; information to assist domestic violence victims; information assisting in obtaining child support and alimony; jury service information; and a listing of all felony criminal sentences imposed in the preceding year. Similar to HB 4109. Sen. Katherine Harris (R-Sarasota)

  • S. Judiciary Committee: Amended, in part, to require compliance by December 31, 2004; other minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

p CS/HB 3053 Exemption for Lethal Injection Records: Creates a public records exemption for information that would identify the person administering the lethal injection. Nearly identical to SB 198 and SB 1248. Rep. Tracy Stafford (D-Ft. Lauderdale)

  • Approved by the Governor; Chapter No. 98-4.

CS/CS/HB 3209 Exemption for Social Workers: Amends the exemption (§ 455.621, F.S.) for investigations into complaints by AHCA and the Department of Health to also include licensed master social workers and licensed bachelor social workers. Also amends the exemption (§ 455.707, F.S.) for participation in treatment programs for impaired practitioners to include such social workers. Identical to SB 870. Rep. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Two minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

CS/CS/HB 3705 Exemption for Clean Air Act Information: Stipulates that when the Accidental Release Prevention Program under the federal Clean Air Act allows “a stationary source” to exclude specific information from its Risk Management Plan, the owner or operator must provide such information to the State Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Commission upon request, and provides that the information is exempt from the Public Records Law. Also creates an exemption for any information provided to the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in the process of conducting an inspection, audit, or investigation pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act. Similar to SB 814. Rep. Lori Edwards (D-Auburndale)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Amendment adopted clarifying that only trade secret information protected under the federal Clean Air Act shall be exempt; reported favorably as a CS.

CS/HB 3925 Exemption for Guardianship Office Records: Stipulates that any confidential or exempt information provided to the Statewide Public Guardianship Office shall remain confidential and exempt. Also creates a public records exemption for an individual’s medical, financial, or mental health records, providing that such records may not be publicly disclosed in such a manner so as to identify the individual. Identical to SB 1180. H. Real Property & Probate; Rep. Larry Crow (R-Dunedin)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as a CS.

CS/HB 4123 Nursing Home Employees: Creates a public records exemption for criminal records, juvenile records, or abuse registry information obtained by the Agency for Health Care Administration in connection with background screening of nursing home employees. No Senate companion. H. Committee on Elder Affairs; Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Winter Park)

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

CS/HB 4125 Exemption for Entertainment Industry Records: Creates a public records exemption for records of the Office of the Entertainment Industry Commissioner 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 CS/SB 1614. H. Tourism Committee

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

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. Children & Family Empowerment Committee: Minor amendments adopted; reported favorably (6/3) as a CS. [Rep. Mary Brennan (D-Pinellas Park), Rep. Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami), and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-West Palm Beach) voting no.]

NEW BILLS FILED

UNIVERSITY and SCHOOL RECORDS

CS/SB 758 State University System: In pertinent part, stipulates that search committee activities for the selection of the Chancellor must be conducted in accordance with the Public Records Law and the Open Meetings Law, thus deleting the current exemption (§ 240.09, F.S.). Identical to HB 4195. Sen. John Grant (R-Tampa)

  • In Senate Ways & Means Committee.

HB 4195 State University System: Identical to CS/SB 758. Rep. Bob Casey (R-Gainesville)

  • In House Governmental Operations Committee.
    • 🙂 THE EFFECT OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO DELETE THE CURRENT EXEMPTION FOR THE ACTIVITIES OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR A NEW BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR, AN EXEMPTION THAT WAS ABUSED DURING THE RECENT SEARCH.

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