2000 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 21

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 21

p CS/CS/SB 890 Donors/Direct Support Organizations: Prohibits contributions by university or community college direct support organizations (DSO) to political campaigns or political action committees except for those contributions directly related to the institution’s educational mission as approved by a majority of the governing board at a regularly scheduled meeting. Similar to CS/HB 505. Sen. Patsy Ann Kurth (D-Palm Bay)

  • House: Passed the House (115/0). PASSED THE LEGISLATURE.

CS/HB 1037 Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force: Stipulates that confidential records obtained by a domestic violence fatality prevention task force retain their confidential status. Creates a public meetings exemption for those portions of task force meetings during which the identity of a victim or the children of the victim is discussed. Similar to CS/SB 1126. Rep. Ken Pruitt (R-Port St. Lucie)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Reported favorably.

HB 1081 Public Libraries and Obscenity: Requires all libraries that provide public access to the Internet to install and maintain computer software that prohibits access to materials containing obscene descriptions, photographs, or depictions on at least half of the library’s public-use computers. Identical to SB 1716. Rep. Allen Trovillion (R-Winter Park)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Amended to require adoption of a policy concerning appropriate Internet use by all county and municipal libraries providing the public with computer access to the Internet; reported favorably.

HB 1099 Campaign Treasurer’s Reports: Creates a public records exemption for personal identification numbers and computer security algorithms required to maintain the security of information submitted or received through the electronic filing system for campaign treasurer’s reports as required by HB 1097 (amending § 106.0705, F.S., to require the electronic filing of campaign contribution and expenditure reports if such contributions or expenditures exceed an aggregate of $10,000). Identical to SB 1874. Rep. Mark Flanagan (R-Bradenton)

  • H. Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee: Reported favorably.

SB 1716 Public Libraries and Obscenity: Requires all libraries that provide public access to the Internet to install and maintain computer software that prohibits access to materials containing obscene descriptions, photographs, or depictions on at least half of the library’s public-use computers. Similar to HB 1081. Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • S. Governmental Oversight & Productivity Committee: A “strike everything” amendment offered by Sen. Ron Silver (D-N. Miami) requiring libraries to install and maintain computer software that prohibits access to materials containing obscene descriptions, photographs, or depictions on any computer available to persons under 18, is adopted. Reported favorably as a committee substitute. 🙁

HB 1741 Home Addresses/Nurses: Creates a public records exemption for the home addresses and telephone numbers of nurses working in any type of correctional facility or in any mental health facility. Also includes advanced registered nurses in the exemption for information obtained by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in preparing practitioner profiles. No Senate companion. Compare SB 2394. Rep. Janegale Boyd (D-Monticello) 🙁

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

HB 1869 Home Addresses/Visitation Center Employees & Volunteers: Creates a public records exemption for the home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, and photographs of employees and volunteers of any certified supervised visitation program. Also exempts the same information, as well as place of employment and the names and location of schools, for the spouses and children of such employees. No Senate companion. H. Family Law & Children Committee 🙁

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

CS/HB 2217 Lottery Department/1-900 Telephone Service: Creates an exemption to the general fee provision in the Public Records Law for fees charged for access to winning lottery numbers and payout information provided through a 1-900 telephone service. Similar to CS/SB 1588. Rep. Dennis Jones (R-Seminole)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: A “strike everything” amendment, in part, stipulating that winning number and payout information provided through a 1-900 telephone service alone does not constitute remote electronic access pursuant to § 119.085, F.S., and that such information, whether provided by the Department or a private entity, is not a public record, is adopted. Reported favorably with one amendment. 🙁

SB 2280 Child Abuse Records/Guardian Ad Litem: Creates a public records exemption for all records held by a guardian ad litem in cases regarding allegations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child. Similar to SB 2307. Sen. Richard Mitchell (D-Jasper) 🙁

  • S. Children & Families Committee: Amended (in response to FAF concerns) to exempt only that information identifying a child or the child’s parents in records concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child held by a guardian ad litem. Reported favorably as a committee substitute.

HB 2289 Department of Children & Family Services: Expands the exemption for the home address and telephone number of certain DCFS employees to also include those employees providing services to abused, neglected, abandoned, or exploited children, disabled adults, and elderly persons. Similar to SB 2420. H. Committee on Family Law & Children 🙁

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Reported favorably.

HB 2307 Child Abuse Records/Guardian Ad Litem: Creates a public records exemption for information identifying a child or the child’s parents in records concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment of a child held by a guardian ad litem. Similar to SB 2280. H. Committee on Family Law & Children

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

HB 2321 Exemption/Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program: Creates a public records exemption for all oral and written records, information, letters, and reports received, made, or maintained by the Department of Health (DOH) concerning any applicant for or recipient of brain and spinal cord injury program services. Allows for disclosure under certain, specified circumstances, and provides a penalty for the unauthorized release of such information. No Senate companion. H. Committee on Health Care Services 🙁

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

SB 2386 Non-Title IV-D Child Support Enforcement Services: Creates a public records exemption for information identifying recipients of or applicants for non-Title IV-D child support enforcement services provided by a county agency. Similar to HB 2123. Sen. Howard Forman (D-Cooper City)

  • S. Children & Families Committee: Various amendments adopted, including one, sponsored by Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg), that exempts social security numbers of recipients of or applicants for non-Title IV-D child support enforcement services; reported favorably with four amendments.

CS/SB 2416 Electronic Commerce/Clerks of Court: In part, requires clerks of the court to provide a current index of all documents recorded in the official records of the county on a publicly available website with the capability of electronically providing the index data to a central statewide search site no later than January 1, 2002; the website must also contain a method for obtaining copies of the documents listed in the index. Stipulates that the clerk of the court provide for electronic retrieval of the documents listed in the index by January 1, 2006, and that appropriate security measures be used to ensure that records cannot be altered or modified. States that “a proper and legitimate state purpose is served by providing the public with access to public records and information on the Internet . . . .” Similar to CS/HB 1891. Rep. Joe Arnall (R-Jacksonville Beach)

  • S. Governmental Oversight & Productivity Committee: One minor amendment adopted; reported favorably.

SB 2420 Department of Children & Family Services: Expands the exemption for the home address and telephone number of certain DCFS employees to also include those employees providing services to abused, neglected, abandoned, or exploited children, disabled adults, and elderly persons. Also amends § 119.07(7), F.S., to allow DCFS to petition a court for the immediate public release of records of investigations of the death of a child, a disabled adult, or an elderly person when the death has not yet been determined to be the result of abuse, abandonment, or neglect, and in those cases involving the death of a child, a disabled adult, or an elderly person. No House companion. Sen. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Miami) 🙁

  • S. Children & Families Committee: Minor, clarifying amendments are adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute.

SB 2474 Information Technology Management: In part, extends the authority of the Task Force on Privacy and Technology, created during the 1999 legislative session (HB 1015) which was to make recommendations to the Legislature 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, until February, 2001. Similar to HB 2075. Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Palm Harbor)

  • S. Fiscal Policy Committee: Reported favorably.

NEW BILLS FILED

CRIMINAL JUSTICE and LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION

SB 1732 Pawnbroking: A “shell” bill that was amended in S. Banking & Insurance Committee to create an exemption for all records relating to pawnbroker transactions delivered to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Identical to HB 2389. Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

HB 2389 Pawnbroker Transaction Records: Identical to SB 1732. See also HB 903 and HB 2003. Rep. Allan Bense (R-Panama City)

🙁 THE PROPOSED EXEMPTION FOR RECORDS RELATING TO PAWNBROKER TRANSACTIONS DELIVERED TO FDLE MIRRORS THE CURRENT EXEMPTION FOR PAWNBROKER TRANSACTION RECORDS PROVIDED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES [§ 539.003(1), F.S.] . HOWEVER, THE BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONALLY OVERBROAD IN THAT IT EXEMPTS ALL RECORDS, RATHER THAN THOSE PORTIONS OF RECORDS THAT WOULD IDENTIFY THE PLEDGOR OR THE SELLER OF PLEDGED GOODS, THE STATED PURPOSE OF THE EXEMPTION.

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A short week—the Legislature adjourned around noon Wednesday in observance of Passover and will return on Monday, April 24. Enjoy your holiday!

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