1999 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 30

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 30

What follows is a list of all the bills we tracked during the 1999 Legislative Session, and the final action on each bill. On page 6, you will find a detailed description of each bill that passed the 1999 Legislature.

Final Action/Open Government Bills
1999 Legislative Session

CS/HB 43 and CS/SB 2110, Exemption for Motor Vehicle Records
Rep. Lindsay Harrington (R Punta Gorda); Sen. Burt Saunders (R Cape Coral)

  • CS/HB 43 died in S. Transportation; CS/SB 2110 died in S. Governmental Oversight and Productivity.

p CS/HB 49 and CS/SB 286, Criminal Use of Personal Identifying Information
Rep. Allen Trovillion (R Winter Park); Sen. Skip Campbell (D Tamarac)

  • CS/HB 49 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 286 was tabled. SEE CS/HB 49.

HB 51, Reasonable Condition/Proof of Identification
Rep. Sally Heyman (D N. Miami Beach)

  • Died in H. Governmental Operations.

p SB 68 and SB 2350, Exemption for Eminent Domain Records
Sen. John Grant (R Tampa); Sen. Lisa Carlton (R Osprey)

  • SB 68 died in S. Comprehensive Planning, Local and Military Affairs; SB 2350 PASSED the Legislature. SEE SB 2350.

HB 141 and CS/SB 166, Law Enforcement Operations
Rep. David Russell (R. Spring Hill); Sen. Ginny Brown Waite (R Brooksville)

  • HB 141 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 166 died in H. Criminal Justice Appropriations.

HB 159 and SB 1062, Ex Parte Communications
Rep. David Bitner (R Port Charlotte); Sen. Betty Holzendorf (D Jacksonville)

  • Both bills were withdrawn from consideration.

p SB 180 and HB 511, Exemption for 911 Wireless Communications
S. Comprehensive Planning, Local & Military Affairs Cmte; Rep. Willie Logan (D Opa Locka)

  • SB 180 PASSED the Legislature; HB 511 was tabled. SEE SB 180.

HB 193 and SB 1714, Disclosure of Public Employee Information
Rep. Al Lawson (D Tallahassee); Sen. Jim Hargrett (D Tampa)

  • HB 193 died in H. Judiciary; SB 1714 died in S. Governmental Oversight and Productivity.

p CS/HB 219 and CS/SB 704, Exemption for Guardianship Office Records
Rep. Larry Crow (R Dunedin); Sen. Howard Forman (D Cooper City)

  • CS/HB 219 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 704 was tabled. SEE CS/HB 219.

HB 237, Identity Theft
Rep. Mark Ogles (R Bradenton)

  • Withdrawn from consideration.

p HB 245 and SB 674, Exemption for Home Medical Equipment Suppliers
Rep. Harry Goode (R Melbourne); Sen. Ginny Brown Waite (R Brooksville)

  • HB 245 died on H. Calendar; SB 674 PASSED the Legislature. SEE SB 674.

HB 285, Department of Corrections Personnel
Rep. Lindsay Harrington (R Punta Gorda)

  • Withdrawn from consideration.

p HB 357 and CS/SB 1012, Public Hospitals/Written Strategic Plans
Rep. Mike Fasano (R New Port Richey); Sen. Lisa Carlton (R Osprey)

  • HB 357 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 1012 tabled. SEE HB 357.

p HB 391 and SB 730, On line Access to Criminal Records
Rep. Howard Futch (R Indialantic); Sen. Kendrick Meek (D Miami)

  • HB 391 PASSED the Legislature; SB 730 was tabled. SEE HB 391.

HB 491, Litigation Settlements
Rep. Randy Ball (R Titusville)

  • Withdrawn from consideration.

HB 517, Private Corporations/Public Hospitals
Rep. Charles Sembler (R Vero Beach)

  • Died in H. Governmental Operations.

HB 685, Domestic Violence Fatality Prevention Task Force
Rep. Bob Henriquez (D Tampa)

  • Died in H. Family Law & Children.

CS/HB 839, CS/SB 1766, and SB 2378, Exemption for Entertainment Industry Records
H. Tourism Cmte; Sen. George Kirkpatrick (R Gainesville); Sen. Ron Silver (D N. Miami)

  • CS/HB 839 died in S. Commerce and Economic Opportunities; CS/SB 1766 died in S. Rules and Calendar; SB 2378 died in S. Commerce and Economic Opportunities.

HB 879 and SB 1828, Health Information Privacy
Rep. Janegale Boyd (D Monticello); Sen. Richard Mitchell (D Jasper)

  • Both bills died in S. Banking and Insurance.

SB 922, Donors to Florida Affordable College Trust
Sen. George Kirkpatrick (R Gainesville)

  • Withdrawn from consideration.

p SB 928 and HB 1879, State Child Abuse Death Review Committee
Sen. Anna Cowin (R Leesburg); Rep. Sandra Murman (R Tampa)

  • SB 928 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1879 died in H. Health & Human Services Appropriations. SEE SB 928.

p HB 1015 and SB 1898, Privacy & Technology Task Force
Rep. Tom Feeney (R Oviedo); Sen. Ginny Brown Waite (R Brooksville)

  • HB 1015 PASSED the Legislature; SB 1898 tabled. SEE HB 1015.

p HB 1081 and CS/SB 1498, Exemption for Health Care Employees
Rep. J. Dudley Goodlette (R Naples); Rep. Burt Saunders (R Cape Coral)

  • HB 1081 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 1498 tabled. SEE HB 1081.

HB 1133, Water Management District Meetings/Notice
Rep. Addie Greene (D West Palm Beach)

  • Died in H. Governmental Operations Committee. BUT provision allowing notice to placed in local newspaper was amended on to other legislation. DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION.

SB 1172 and HB 1995, Minor Children/Domestic Violence
Sen. Tom Rossin (D West Palm Beach); Rep. Addie Greene (D West Palm Beach)

  • SB 1172 died in H. Messages; HB 1995 died in H. Criminal Justice Appropriations.

SB 1198, Lobbyist Disclosure
Sen. Richard Mitchell (D Jasper)

  • Died in S. Ethics and Elections.

SB 1302, Insurance Companies
Sen. Steven Geller (D Hallandale)

  • Died in S. Banking and Insurance.

SB 1342, Domestic Violence/Unemployment Compensation
Sen. Richard Mitchell (D Jasper)

  • Withdrawn from consideration.

SB 1404, Exemption for Information Technology Resources
Sen. John Grant (R Tampa)

  • Died in S. Governmental Oversight and Productivity.

CS/SB 1408 and HB 1645, State Child Death Review Committee
Sen. Anna Cowin (R Leesburg); H. Health Care Services Cmte

  • CS/SB 1408 died in H. Messages; HB 1645 died on H. Calendar.

HB 1433 and SB 1810, Exemption for EMTs and Paramedics
Rep. Bob Casey (R Gainesville); Sen. Skip Campbell (D Tamarac)

  • Both bills were withdrawn from consideration.

HB 1461 and SB 2178, Lottery Department Exemption
Rep. Dave Bitner (R Port Charlotte); Sen. Ron Silver (D N. Miami)

  • HB 1451 died in H. General Government Appropriations; SB 2178 died in S. Fiscal Resource.

p HB 1485 and CS/SB 1596, Exemption for Pregnant Minors
Rep. Sandra Murman (R Tampa); Sen. Charlie Bronson (R Indian Harbour Beach)

  • HB 1485 died in H. Family Law & Children; SB 1596 PASSED the Legislature. SEE CS/SB 1596.

HB 1531 and SB 1980, Exemption for College Savings Program
Rep. Paula Bono Dockery (R Lakeland); Sen. Buddy Dyer (D Orlando)

  • HB 1531 died in S. Education; SB 1980 was amended to conform to HB 2121 and then tabled. SEE HB 2121.

HB 1575 and CS/SB 2470, Cash Assistance Programs/Records & Meetings
H. Children & Families Cmte; Sen. George Kirkpatrick (R Gainesville)

  • HB 1575 died in H. Returning Messages; CS/SB 2470 was tabled.

SB 1718, Exemption for Municipal Human Resources Practitioners
Sen. Ron Silver (D N. Miami)

  • Died in S. Comprehensive Planning, Local and Military Affairs.

SB 1764, International Trade & Economic Development Data
Sen. George Kirkpatrick (R Gainesville)

  • Died in S. Commerce and Economic Opportunities.

SB 1824 and HB 1843, Adverse Incidents/Medical and Osteopathic Physicians
Sen. Skip Campbell (D Tamarac); Rep. Mike Fasano (R New Port Richey)

  • SB 1824 died in S. Rules and Calendar; HB 1843 died in S. Health, Aging and Long Term Care.

SB 1838, Public Meetings/Litigation Exemption
Sen. W.D. Childers (R Pensacola)

  • Died in S. Governmental Oversight and Productivity.

SB 1998, Social Security Numbers/Motor Vehicle Records
Sen. Anna Cowin (R Leesburg)

  • Died in S. Transportation.

HB 2011 and SB 2488, Sale of Driver’s License Information
Rep. Eleanor Sobel (D Hollywood); Sen. Skip Campbell (D Tamarac)

  • Both bills were withdrawn from consideration.

SB 2036 and HB 2153, School Boards/Acquisition of Property
Sen. Ron Silver (D N. Miami); Rep. Gustavo Barreiro (R Miami)

  • SB 2036 died in S. Rules and Calendar; HB 2153 died in H. Community Affairs.

HB 2049 and SB 2330, Complaints/Fair Housing Practices
Rep. James Bush (D Miami); Sen. Daryl Jones (D Miami)

  • HB 2049 died in H. Real Property & Probate; SB 2330 died in S. Governmental Oversight and Productivity.

p HB 2121, Nursing Homes/Quality of Care Monitoring
H. Elder Affairs & Long Term Care Cmte

  • HB 2121 PASSED the Legislature. SEE HB 2121.

SB 2194, State Group Insurance Division Exemption
Sen. Pat Thomas (D Tallahassee)

  • Withdrawn from consideration.

SB 2486, Student Disciplinary Records
Sen. Ron Klein (D Delray Beach)

  • Died in S. Education

SB 2544, Commercial Space Financing Records
Sen. Charlie Bronson (R Indian Harbour Beach)

  • Died in H. Messages.

Open Government Bills Passed in 1999 Legislative Session

  1. CS/HB 49, Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information: Creates the crime of “harassment by use of personal identification information,” a first degree misdemeanor, defining “harass” as “conduct directed at a specific person . . . intended to cause substantial emotional distress.” The bill specifically states that “harass” does not include “constitutionally protected conduct such as organized protests” or the use of such information for “accepted commercial purposes.” It also stipulates that the fraudulent use of personal identification information is a third degree misdemeanor, and allows for restitution. Rep. Allen Trovillion (R Winter Park) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION.
  2. SB 180, 911 Wireless Communication: Creates a public records exemption for all proprietary business information, including trade secrets and the name and billing addresses of service subscribers, submitted by a wireless communications service provider to the Department of Management Services. S. Comprehensive Planning, Local and Military Affairs Committee
  3. CS/HB 219, Guardianship Records: Creates a public records exemption for all records held by the Statewide Public Guardianship Office relating to the medical, financial, or mental health of elderly persons, disabled adults, or persons with a mental illness. Also stipulates that any exempt information obtained by the Office retains its exempt status. Rep. Larry Crow (R Dunedin)
  4. HB 357, Written Strategic Plans: Creates a public records exemption for the strategic plans of any hospital subject to the Public Records Law, if the plan could be used by a competitor to “frustrate, circumvent or exploit” the plan before it is implemented. Defines “strategic plan” as any record describing action to: initiate or acquire a new health service; materially expand an existing health service; acquire additional facilities by purchase or lease; materially expand existing facilities; change all or part of the use of an existing or newly acquired facility; acquire another health care facility or health care provider; merge or consolidate with another health care facility; enter into a shared service arrangement with another health care provider, and any combination of the above. The bill specifically states that “strategic plan” does not include records describing existing
    operations, including the hiring of employees, the purchase of equipment, the placement of advertisements, and entering into contracts with physicians to perform medical services. ALSO creates a meetings exemption for the hospital governing board when discussing an exempt strategic plan, and requires that the closed meeting be recorded by a certified court report. Transcripts of the closed meeting become public record 3 years after the date of the closed meeting, or after the strategic plan discussed at the closed meeting is disclosed or implemented, whichever is earlier. Stipulates that if a governing board closes a meeting before implementation of the strategic plan, the board must hold a public meeting to inform the public, in general terms, of the business activity to be implemented. Finally, prohibits approval of a binding agreement to implement a strategic plan at a closed meeting, and prohibits the boards of two separate public entities to meet together in a closed meeting to discuss implementation of a strategic plan affecting both public entities. Rep. Mike Fasano (R New Port Richey)
  5. HB 391, Access to Criminal History Records: Allows the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to provide nonexempt criminal history records to a “qualified entity,” defined as a business or organization providing care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision, or recreation to children, the elderly, or the disabled, for the sole purpose of conducting background screening checks on employees or volunteers. Requires the “qualified entity” to register with FDLE, and to submit a fingerprint card with a signed waiver allowing the release of state and national criminal history records to the qualified entity. ALSO allows FDLE to develop, maintain, and operate the Criminal Justice Network, an intra agency information and data sharing network, for use by the state’s criminal justice agencies, and also allows FDLE to authorize entities providing certain products, programs, or services, “a special limited presence” on the Network. Finally, ratifies the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact [42 U.S.C., s. 14616], stipulating that FDLE is the repository of criminal history records. Rep. Howard Futch (R Indialantic) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION.
  6. SB 674, Home Medical Equipment Providers: Creates a public records exemption for medical and other personal information about patients of a licensed home medical equipment provider obtained by the Agency for Health Care Administration through reports or inspection. Sen. Ginny Brown Waite (R Brooksville)
  7. SB 928, Child Abuse Death Review Committee: Creates a public records exemption for information identifying a deceased child’s surviving siblings, family members, or others living in the home of the deceased, in records or reports created by the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee which relate solely to child fatalities and in which specific persons or incidents are discussed. ALSO stipulates that any exempt information obtained by the Committee retains its exempt status. Sen. Anna Cowin (R Leesburg)
  8. HB 1015, Task Force on Privacy and Technology: Requires the State Technology Council to create a Task Force on Privacy and Technology for the purpose of studying and making recommendations to the Legislature and Governor regarding: privacy, public records, and the use of advanced technologies; technology fraud, including the illegal use of a citizen’s identity and credit; balancing the openness of public records with the need to protect privacy and the identity of individuals; and the sale of public records to private individuals and companies. Stipulates that the task force must include professionals in the fields of communications, government, law enforcement, law, marketing, technology, and financial services. ALSO repeals the provision enacted in 1998 allowing for the sale of driver’s licenses photographs. Rep. Tom Feeney (R Oviedo) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION.
  9. HB 1081, Health Care Employees: Creates a public records exemption for the home address, telephone number, social security number, and photograph an employee of any licensed health care facility providing direct patient care or security service. Also exempts a spouse or child’s place of employment, and the name and location of schools and day care facility attended by a child of the employee. ALSO creates a similar exemption for any employee of a licensed health care facility if the employee has “a reasonable belief that release of the information may be used to threaten, intimidate, harass, inflict violence upon, or defraud the employee or any member of the employee’s family,” and the employee submits a written request for confidentiality. Rep. J. Dudley Goodlette (R Naples)
  10. SB 1596 Identifying Information/Pregnant Minors: Creates a public records exemption for information identifying a minor in documents related to a waiver of the notice requirements under the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Sen. Charlie Bronson (R Indian Harbour Beach)
  11. HB 2121, Nursing Homes/Quality of Care Reports: Creates a public records exemption for records of quality of care monitoring visits to nursing homes conducted by the Agency for Health Care Administration. H. Elder Affairs & Long Term Care Committee
  12. SB 2350, Eminent Domain Records: Creates a public records exemption for business records provided by the owner of a business to a governmental condemning authority as part of an offer of business damages pursuant to an eminent domain proceeding. Sen. Lisa Carlton (R Osprey)

Exemptions That Did NOT Pass

HB 51 Reasonable Conditions
HB 43/SB 2110 Motor Vehicle Records
HB 159 and SB 1062, Ex Parte Communications
HB 285, Department of Corrections Personnel
HB 491, Litigation Settlements
HB 685 Domestic Violence Fatality Task Force
HB 839/SB 1766 Entertainment Industry
SB 922 Donors, Florida Affordable College Trust Fund
SB 1062 Ex Parte Communications
SB 1172/HB 1995 Minor Children, Domestic Violence
SB 1302 Insurance Companies
SB 1342, Domestic Violence/Unemployment Compensation
SB 1404 Info Technology, Y2K
SB 1408/HB 1645 Child Death Review Committee
HB 1433/SB 1810 EMTs
HB 1461/SB 2178 Lottery Department
HB 1531/SB 1980 College Savings Programs
HB 1575/SB 2470 Cash Assistance Programs
SB 1718 City Human Resource Employees
SB 1764 International Trade & Development
SB 1824/HB 1843 Adverse Incidents
SB 1838 Litigation Exemption Expansion
SB 1998 Social Security Numbers, Motor Vehicle Records
SB 2036/HB 2153 School Boards, Acquisition of Property
HB 2049/SB 2330 Complaints, Fair Housing Practices
SB 2194 Group Insurance Division
SB 2544 Commercial Space Financing

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