1999 Legislative Report for Period Ending March 26

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: March 26

CS/HB 43 Exemption for Motor Vehicle Records: Creates a Public Records Law exemption for all personally identifying information in motor vehicle records, amending the current provision in § 119.07(3)(bb), F.S., which requires the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to delete personal information in motor vehicle records only upon the written request of the subject of the record. Allows for access to the exempt information by private investigators, direct marketers, tow truck operators, rental car companies, insurance companies, law enforcement officers, employers, and the media. Repeals the provision allowing for the sale of driver’s licence photographs. Similar to SB 2110. Rep. Lindsay Harrington (R-Punta Gorda)

  • H. Governmental Operations: Amended to include photographs within the definition of “personal information” and to prohibit DHSMV from knowingly disclosing personal information unless the information is requested by those authorized under the statute; reported favorably as a committee substitute.

CS/SB 166 Law Enforcement Operations: Makes it a third degree felony for any person to initiate contact with a person who is the cause for or subject of police mobilization, deployment, or tactical operations, including hostage situations or kidnapings in progress. Also prohibits any attempt to contact or directly communicate with the perpetrator of such crimes during the course of any tactical law enforcement operations. Finally, prohibits any person from broadcasting or telecasting live audio or video transmission revealing tactical operations in progress, or the deployment of personnel or equipment. Similar to HB 141. Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • Senate: Passed the Senate, 35/3.

HB 839 Exemption for Entertainment Industry Records: Creates an exemption from the Public Records Law for certain information held by the Office of the Film Commissioner. Specifically, the bill stipulates that, upon written request by an entertainment industry private corporation, partnership, or person seeking to locate, relocate, or expand any of its business activities in Florida, regarding the identity, trade secrets, or plans, intentions, or interests of the private corporation, partnership, or person is exempt from public disclosure unless the party seeking confidentiality releases such information or until the party retains a new or additional business location in Florida. Identical to SB 1766 and SB 2378; similar to SB 1928. H. Tourism Committee

  • H. Business Regulation & Consumer Affairs: Reported favorably.

SB 1172 Minor Children/Domestic Violence: Creates an exemption for information provided to a state attorney or sheriff under § 787.03(6), F.S. (interference with custody) by persons taking minor children when fleeing from domestic violence. No House companion. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

  • S. Children & Families: Reported favorably.

CS/SB 1408 State Child Death Review Committee Exemptions: Exempts: (1) all reports and records of the State Child Death Review Committee or local committee relating solely to child deaths and which discuss specific persons or incidents; (2) all information and records acquired by the State Child Death Review Committee or local committee; and (3) portions of meetings or proceedings of the Committee or local committee relating to child fatalities, during which specific persons or incidents are discussed. Stipulates that a violation of the exemption is a first degree misdemeanor. Similar to HB 1645. Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg)

  • S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care: Amended to exempt only that information relating to a child death that could be used to identify a person in reports and records created by the State Child Death Review Committee or local committee; reported favorably as a committee substitute.

HB 1433 Exemption for EMTs and Paramedics: Exempts: (1) all information received by the Department of Health (DOH) alleging impairment on the part of an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic against whom no other complaint has been filed; (2) all information received by DOH concerning an EMT’s or paramedic’s enrollment in, progress through, and completion of an impairment treatment program; (3) information identifying students enrolled in EMT or paramedic education courses; (4) a complaint against an emergency medical services licensee and all information obtained in an investigation of the complaint by DOH until 10 days after probable cause has been found or until the licensee under investigation waives confidentiality; and (5) information released to an emergency medical services licensee by a hospital about a hospital patient who was transported or treated by the licensee. Identical to HB 1433. Rep. Bob Casey (R-Gainesville)

  • H. Health Care Licensing & Regulation: Temporarily postponed; sponsor announced his intent to withdraw the bill from further consideration.

HB 1531 Exemption for College Savings Program: Creates a public records exemption for information identifying the benefactor or designated beneficiary of a Florida College Savings Program. Also exempts information regarding individual account activities. Identical to SB 1980. Rep. Paula Bono Dockery (R-Lakeland)

  • H. Governmental Operations: Minor amendment adopted; reported favorably with one amendment.

HB 1575 Cash Assistance Programs/Records & Meetings: Creates an exemption for any meeting held by the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Labor and Employment Security, the Department of Health, the Department of Revenue, the WAGES Program State Board of Directors, or service providers under contract to any of the above, at which information is discussed which identifies individuals. Stipulates that the exemption is required by federal law. Also creates a public records exemption for identifying information in records acquired by the above listed agencies and service providers. Provides for release of the exempt information under certain, specified circumstances. Similar to SB 2470. Rep. Sandra Murman (R-Tampa)

  • H. Governmental Operations: Technical amendment adopted; reported favorably with one amendment.

HB 1645 State Child Death Review Team Exemptions: Exempts: (1) all reports and records of the State Child Death Review Team or local team relating solely to child deaths and which discuss specific persons or incidents; (2) all information and records acquired by the State Child Death Review Team or local team; and (3) portions of meetings or proceedings of the Team or local team relating to child fatalities, during which specific persons or incidents are discussed. Stipulates that a violation of the exemption is a first degree misdemeanor. Similar to SB 1408. H. Health Care Services Committee

  • H. Governmental Operations: Reported favorably.

SB 1824 Adverse Incident Exemption: Creates a public records exemption for information contained in a notice of adverse incident submitted to the Department of Health. Also stipulates that the information may not be made publicly available as part of any investigation record. No House companion. Sen. Skip Campbell

  • S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care: Minor amendment adopted; reported favorably with one amendment.

HB 1879 State Child Abuse Death Review Committee: Exempts all confidential reports and records received by the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee; any information that would identify the deceased’s surviving siblings, family members, or others living in the home in records created by the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee or local committee; and portions of meetings or proceedings of the Committee or local committee relating to child fatalities, during which specific persons or incidents are discussed. Stipulates that any violation of the exemption is a first degree misdemeanor. Similar to SB 928. Rep. Sandra Murman (R-Tampa)

  • H. Family Law & Children: Reported favorably.

SB 2350 Exemption for 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 damages. Similar to SB 68. Sen. Lisa Carlton (R-Osprey)

  • S. Comprehensive Planning, Local & Military Affairs: Reported favorably.

NEW BILLS FILED

COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS RECORDS

SB 2544 Commercial Space Financing Records: Creates an exemption for personal financial records, trade secrets, or proprietary information of an applicant for financial assistance from the Florida Commercial Space Financing Corporation. No House companion. Sen. Charlie Bronson (R-Indian Harbour Beach)

THIS LEGISLATION, CREATING A LIMITED EXEMPTION TO THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT OF ACCESS, COMPLIES WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CREATING NEW EXEMPTIONS.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE and LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION

HB 1995 Minor Children/Domestic Violence: Creates an exemption for information provided to a state attorney or sheriff under § 787.03(6), F.S. (interference with custody) by persons taking minor children when fleeing from domestic violence. Identical to SB 1172. Rep. Addie Greene (D-Pahokee)

THIS LEGISLATION, CREATING A LIMITED EXEMPTION TO THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT OF ACCESS, COMPLIES WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CREATING NEW EXEMPTIONS.

HB 2011 Sale of Driver’s License Information: Requires the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, prior to the sale of driver’s license information, to verify with the Department of Law Enforcement that such information does not pertain to a law enforcement officer. No Senate companion. Rep. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood)

THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT EFFECT THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT OF ACCESS.

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