2000 Legislative Review: Pre-Session Report

Foundation Members: The following is a list of the bills, grouped by general category, we will be tracking throughout the 2000 Legislative Session. As usual, we have selected those bills with open government and first amendment implications we think will be of interest to our members. After the summary of each open government bill, you will find a short analysis of the bill, including an easily recognizable indication of whether the bill is good or bad. Under this reporting system, 🙂 is Good and 🙁 is Bad. Those bills that are neither good nor bad will not be marked. During session, we will report any activity on these bills, as well as any new legislation that may be filed, on a weekly basis. We suggest you keep this pre-session report, as the weekly reports will not contain a complete description of all the bills.

PUBLIC RECORDS and OPEN MEETINGS

COMMERCIAL and BUSINESS INFORMATION

HB 439 Certified Capital Companies: Creates public records exemptions for (1) information submitted by or collected from a certified capital company (CAPCO) during an investigation or review by the Department of Banking and Finance; (2) any reports prepared by or for the use of the Department as a result of an investigation or review of a CAPCO, including working papers; and (3) information submitted to the Department related to personal financial matters of a CAPCO principal. No Senate companion. Rep. Larry Crow (R-Palm Harbor)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: An amendment offered by Rep. Randy Ball (R-Titusville) and approved by the Committee makes extensive changes to HB 439. As amended, CS/HB 439 stipulates that (1) any information relating to an investigation or review of a CAPCO, including consumer complaints, is exempt until the investigation is complete or no longer active; (2) if the investigative or review records are submitted to a law enforcement or administrative agency for further investigation, then the records remain confidential and exempt until completion of the subsequent investigation; and (3) consumer complaints and other information will remain exempt if disclosure would reveal a trade secret, jeopardize the integrity of another active investigation or review, or disclose the identity of an confidential source or investigative techniques or procedures. CS/HB 439 also creates exemptions for (1) the home addresses and telephone numbers of Department of Banking and Finance personnel involved in CAPCO investigations or reviews that might endanger their lives or physical safety or that of their families; (2) all information obtained by the Department which is made available on a confidential or restricted basis (this exemption does not apply to information which must be filed with the Department); and (3) the social security numbers of CAPCO customers, complainants, or persons associated with CAPCOs. In addition, CS/HB 439 authorizes the presiding officer in any administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding to prevent disclosure of the exempt information and creates a privilege against civil liability to those providing information or evidence to the department. Currently in H. Finance & Taxation Committee.
    • 🙁 CERTIFIED CAPITAL COMPANIES (CAPCOS) ARE STATUTORILY AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE VENTURE CAPITAL FOR INVESTMENT IN NEW AND EXPANDING FLORIDA BUSINESSES; IN RETURN, THE CAPCOS RECEIVE TAX CREDITS WHICH ARE ALLOCATED TO THEIR PRINCIPALS OVER A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS. THE DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE IS CHARGED WITH ADMINISTERING THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE CAPCO PROGRAM, AND HAS CERTIFIED THREE CAPCOS. THE DEADLINE FOR CERTIFICATION HAS EXPIRED, AND THE DEPARTMENT MUST NOW OVERSEE THE CONTINUED CERTIFICATION OF THE THREE CAPCOS. IT’S NOT CLEAR WHY THESE RECORDS, WHICH HAVE BEEN PUBLIC UP TO THIS POINT, NEED PROTECTION UNDER THIS BROAD EXEMPTION. ALSO, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE ONLY THREE CAPCOS AT THIS POINT, SHOULD THE PROGRAM BE RE-AUTHORIZED, ALL THE RECORDS WOULD BE EXEMPT UNDER THIS BILL. THE EXEMPTION IS, WE BELIEVE, OVERBROAD, AND DOES NOT ALLOW FOR PUBLIC OVERSIGHT OF THE PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH CS/HB 439 IS SOMEWHAT BETTER IN THAT IT NARROWS THE INVESTIGATIVE RECORD EXEMPTION, MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE SUFFER FROM THE SAME OVERBREADTH PROBLEM AS THE ORIGINAL BILL, PARTICULARLY THE EXEMPTION FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE DEPARTMENT ON A CONFIDENTIAL BASIS.

SB 886 Entertainment Company Production Records: Creates a public records exemption for all business records provided by an entertainment industry production company to the Office of the Film Commissioner for the purpose of receiving sales and use tax exemptions. No House companion. Sen George Kirkpatrick (R-Gainesville)

🙁 THIS EXEMPTION FOR ALL BUSINESS RECORDS IS OVERBROAD AND VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD FOR THE CREATION OF NEW EXEMPTIONS.

SB 1262 Money Transmitter Records: Creates a public record exemption for all information concerning an investigation or examination conducted by the Department of Banking & Finance (DBF) pursuant to the Money Transmitter’s Code until the conclusion of the investigation or examination. Stipulates that the information remains exempt if an investigation or examination does not result in administrative, civil, or criminal charges and that if an administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding against a money transmitter results in an acquittal, the records of the proceeding will be exempt. Also creates public records exemptions for: trade secrets and proprietary information obtained by DBF in the course of an investigation or examination; consumer complaints, personal financial information, confidential sources, and investigative techniques or procedures; and all quarterly reports submitted by a money transmitter to DBF. No House companion. S. Criminal Justice Committee

  • S. Criminal Justice Committee: A “strike everything amendment” offered by Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville) limiting the various exemptions is adopted by the committee; reported favorably as a CS.
    • 🙁 THIS EXEMPTION IS OVERBROAD AND VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD FOR THE CREATION OF NEW EXEMPTIONS. IN ADDITION, THE PROVISIONS CLOSING INVESTIGATION RECORDS IF THE INVESTIGATION DOES NOT RESULT IN FORMAL CHARGES BEING FILED AND CLOSING RECORDS OF PROCEDURES THAT END IN ACQUITTAL CREATE AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR OTHER INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS.
      THE AMENDMENT ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE DOESN’T DO MUCH TO ADDRESS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES RAISED, NOR DOES IT FULLY ADDRESS OUR CONCERNS REGARDING THE PRECEDENT. WE STILL DON’T LIKE IT.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE and LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION

SB 4-A Lethal Injection Records: Creates a public records exemption for any information that would identify the person prescribing, preparing, compounding, dispensing, or administering a lethal injection pursuant to a death penalty sentence. Sen. Locke Burt (R-Ormond Beach)

  • Passed during Special Session A; signed into law by the Governor; Ch.00-1.
    • THIS EXEMPTION MEETS THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF ARTICLE I, SECTION 24, OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION, AND MIRRORS THAT CURRENT EXEMPTION FOR THE IDENTITY OF THE EXECUTIONER [§ 922.106, F.S.].

SB 318 Domestic Violence/Minor Children: Creates a public records exemption for information provided to sheriffs and state attorneys by people who take minor children when fleeing from domestic violence. Identical to HB 449. Sen. Tom Rossin (D-West Palm Beach)

HB 449 Domestic Violence/Minor Children: Identical to SB 318. Rep. Addie Greene (D-Mangonia Park)

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

HB 903 Pawnshop Transaction Records: Requires local law enforcement agencies to transfer information regarding pawnshop and secondhand-goods transactions to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and requires FDLE to create and maintain a database of such transactions. Prohibits FDLE from selling the information without legislative authority and stipulates that the database established by FDLE may be accessed by a law enforcement agency for official investigative purposes only. ALSO creates a public records exemption for all records relating to secondhand goods acquisitions provided to a local law enforcement agency. Identical to SB 1128. Rep. Elaine Bloom (D-Miami Beach)

SB 1128 Pawnshop Transaction Records: Identical to HB 903. Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Ft. Lauderdale)

🙁 THE PROPOSED EXEMPTION FOR INFORMATION RELATING TO SECONDHAND GOODS ACQUISITIONS PROVIDED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES MIRRORS THE CURRENT EXEMPTION FOR PAWNBROKER TRANSACTION RECORDS [§ 539.003(1), F.S.] . HOWEVER, THE LEGISLATION VIOLATES THE SINGLE SUBJECT REQUIREMENT IN ARTICLE I, SECTION 24, OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION.

HB 1037 Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force: Creates a public records exemption for records obtained or produced by a domestic violence fatality prevention task force statutorily authorized to review fatal and near fatal incidents of domestic violence Also creates a public meetings exemption for the proceedings and meetings of the task force regarding domestic violence fatalities and their prevention. Identical to SB 1126. Rep. Ken Pruitt (R-Port St. Lucie)

SB 1126 Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force: Identical to HB 1037. Sen. Doc Myers (R-Hobe Sound)

🙁 ALTHOUGH WE CAN AGREE WITH THE INTENT OF THIS LEGISLATION—TO PROTECT THE IDENTITIES OF VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE—THE BILL, AS DRAFTED, IS OVERBROAD IN THAT IT EXEMPTS ALL RECORDS AND ALL MEETINGS RATHER THAN EXEMPTING ONLY THOSE RECORDS OR PORTIONS OF MEETINGS THAT WOULD IDENTIFY THE VICTIMS.

SB 1256 Seaport Security Plans: Creates a public records exemption for seaport security plans of a county or municipal seaport department or a seaport authority created by the Legislature. Also exempts photographs, maps, blueprints, drawings, and similar material if a seaport department or authority determines that such items contain information that is not generally known and that could jeopardize seaport security. Stipulates that real estate leases, layout plans and related blueprints are not exempt and specifically limits the exemptions to records held by a seaport authority or seaport department that operates a seaport. No House companion. S. Criminal Justice Committee

  • S. Criminal Justice Committee: Reported favorably.
    • THIS LEGISLATION, CREATING A LIMITED EXEMPTION TO THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT OF ACCESS, COMPLIES WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CREATING NEW EXEMPTIONS.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

HB 125 Release of Employment Records: Requires an employer to release employment and other records to law enforcement officers, correctional officers, or correctional probation officers conducting background investigations for employment. Also requires the officer seeking the release of the information to provide the employer with an “authorization for release of information” form. Similar to SB 378. Rep. Jim Tullis (R-Jacksonville)

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Amended to allow an employer to charge a fee for the actual cost of copying and furnishing the records; reported favorably as a committee substitute.

SB 378 Release of Employment Records: Nearly identical to HB 125. Sen. Jim King (R-Jacksonville)

  • S. Governmental Oversight & Productivity Committee: Amended to conform to CS/HB 125; reported favorably as a committee substitute.
    • THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT AFFECT THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT OF ACCESS. HOWEVER, IT BEARS WATCHING BECAUSE THE EMPLOYMENT RECORDS, ONCE PROVIDED TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRE-EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND CHECKS, WILL BECOME PUBLIC RECORD.

ETHICS AND ELECTIONS

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). No Senate companion. Rep. Mark Flanagan (R-Bradenton)

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

GENERAL

HB 27 Funding of Legislative Projects: Establishes a formal review process for legislative projects not recommended by the Governor or a state agency (better known as “turkeys”), requiring a public hearing in both the House and the Senate, and that such projects meet certain minimum criteria. Identical to SB 330. Rep. Sharon Merchant (R-Palm Beach Gardens)

SB 330 Funding of Legislative Projects: Identical to HB 27. Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

🙂 IN CREATING A FORMAL HEARING PROCESS FOR THE FUNDING OF LEGISLATIVE PROJECTS, THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GREATER OVERSIGHT OF THE BUDGETARY PROCESS.

SB 208 Copyright of Governmental Software: Reenacts § 119.083, F.S., authorizing government agencies to copyright software created by the agency. No House companion. S. Governmental Oversight and Productivity

  • S. Governmental Oversight & Productivity Committee: Reported favorably; currently in S. Fiscal Policy.
    • THIS LEGISLATION SIMPLY REENACTS CURRENT LAW AND DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION.

HEALTH CARE and HOSPITAL INFORMATION

HB 829 Department of Health/Disciplinary Records: Creates a public records exemption for (1) all information obtained by the Department of Health (DOH) regarding final disciplinary action against a physician taken by a licensed hospital or ambulatory surgical center; (2) all information contained in notifications of adverse incidents provided to DOH by physicians and osteopathic physicians; and (3) presuit notices and all information obtained by DOH in connection with its investigation of alleged malpractice claims. Identical to SB 992. Rep. Bruce Kyle (R-Fort Myers)

SB 992 Department of Health/Disciplinary Records: Identical to HB 829. Sen. Charlie Clary (R-Destin)

🙁 THIS BILL IS SO BAD, IT’S DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHERE TO START. AS OF JULY 1, 1999, THE DOH HAS PROVIDED THE LONG-ANTICIPATED AND MUCH-TOUTED “PHYSICIAN’S PROFILE.” IF THIS LEGISLATION BECOMES LAW, THAT PHYSICIAN’S PROFILE WILL BE VIRTUALLY MEANINGLESS, AS ALL TRULY IMPORTANT INFORMATION WILL BE EXEMPT FROM PUBLIC DISCLOSURE. THE LEGISLATION VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD FOR THE CREATION OF NEW EXEMPTIONS AND IS, TO SAY THE LEAST, TERRIBLE PUBLIC POLICY.

INSURANCE INFORMATION

SB 1278 Florida Windstorm Underwriting Association/Records & Meetings: Creates public records exemptions for (1) appraisals, surveys, applications and other information relating to a policyholder’s property, including its location, type of construction, and valuation; (2) the name and address of the policyholder and the producer of the record; (3) information relating to underlying property coverages on the policyholder’s property; (4) all information generated in connection with applications for coverage; (5) all information included in underwriting files; (6) claims files, until termination of all litigation and settlement of all claims; (7) records obtained or generated by an internal auditor pursuant to a routine audit, until the audit is completed; (8) privileged attorney-client communications; (9) all proprietary information and data, including computer models, and trade secret information licensed or furnished to or used by the association as part of a response to a request for proposals or under separate contract between the owner and the association if the response or contract requires confidentiality; (10) all information relating to the medical condition or medical status of an association employee which is not relevant to the employee’s ability to perform his or her duties; and (11) all responses to requests for proposals, until the successful vendor is selected. Stipulates that underwriting files transferred to an insurer or authorized agent are not longer public records. Also creates a meetings exemption for attendance at and participation in meetings, negotiating sessions, presentation, conferences, and promotional sessions by two or more association board members with lenders, rating agencies, investors, underwriters, and government officials concerning promoting, marketing, negotiating, or consummating a debt financing when the debt financing has been approved by the board at a public meeting. No House companion. Sen. Jim King (R-Jacksonville)

🙁 IN ADDITION TO THE ELEVEN (11!!!) NEW PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTIONS THIS BILL CREATES, THE MEETINGS EXEMPTION WOULD SEEMINGLY COVER NEARLY ALL MEETINGS BETWEEN BOARD MEMBERS. SOME OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTIONS IN THIS BILL TRACK CURRENT EXEMPTIONS FOR OTHER UNDERWRITING ASSOCIATIONS, BUT OTHERS—SPECIFICALLY, THE FIRST THREE —ARE, WE BELIEVE, OVERBROAD AND VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD FOR THE CREATION OF NEW EXEMPTIONS. IN ADDITION, THE REQUIRED STATEMENT OF PUBLIC NECESSITY IS INSUFFICIENT AND DOES NOT ADEQUATELY JUSTIFY THE NEED TO CLOSE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD.

INVESTIGATIVE INFORMATION

SB 1108 Public Corruption Investigation Records: Creates a public records exemption for records and any subpoena duces tecum, warrant, or court process, compiled or generated by a criminal justice agency in response to allegations of misconduct or crimes committed by a government official or employee. Stipulates that the investigative records are exempt for a period of three years after the conclusion of the investigation. No House companion. Sen. Jim Sebesta (R.- St. Petersburg)

  • S. Criminal Justice Committee: The committee adopted an amendment offered by Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac) deleting the three-year limitation on investigative records (meaning the records will become public at the conclusion of the investigation); reported favorably as amended.
    • 🙁 THE INFORMATION IN THIS PROPOSED EXEMPTION IS CURRENTLY EXEMPT UNDER § 119.07(3)(b), F.S. (EXEMPTING ACTIVE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS). HOWEVER, THE CURRENT EXEMPTION EXPIRES AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE INVESTIGATION, AT WHICH POINT THE INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS BECOME PUBLIC. ALLOWING THE 3-YEAR EXEMPTION FOR INVESTIGATIONS INTO CLAIMS OF CORRUPTION BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS, HOLDS THOSE OFFICIALS TO A LESSER STANDARD. CURRENT LAW ALSO EXEMPTS THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON MAKING THE COMPLAINT [§ 112.3188, F.S.]
      THE CAMPBELL AMENDMENT ADOPTED BY THE S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE ADDRESSES SOME OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES RAISED, BUT WE STILL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT CERTAIN PROVISIONS STILL IN THE BILL.

SB 1110 Ethics Commission Investigation Records: Extends the current exemption for investigations of complaints filed with the Ethics Commission [§ 112.324(1), F.S.] to include investigations initiated by the Ethics Commission pursuant to pending legislation (SB 368). No House companion. Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg)

WE’RE NOT PARTICULARLY HAPPY WITH THE CURRENT EXEMPTION, BUT THIS LEGISLATION COMPLIES WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CREATING NEW EXEMPTIONS.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

HB 429 Identifying Information/Cash Assistance Programs: Creates a public meetings exemptions for portions of meetings held by certain, specified agencies at which information identifying individuals who have applied for or are receiving temporary cash assistance will be discussed. Also creates a public records exemption for information identifying such individuals. No Senate companion. H. Committee on Children & Families

  • H. Governmental Operations Committee: Reported favorably; currently on H. Calendar.
    • ACCORDING TO THE STAFF ANALYSIS, THIS EXEMPTION IS REQUIRED UNDER FEDERAL LAW IN ORDER FOR THE STATE TO MAINTAIN ITS ELIGIBILITY FOR FEDERALLY-FUNDED ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. FURTHERMORE, THE EXEMPTION IS NARROWLY DRAWN AND SEEMS TO COMPLY WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CREATING NEW EXEMPTIONS.

SCHOOLS and UNIVERSITIES

HB 505 Donors/Direct Support Organizations: Deletes the current exemption for the identity of donors to a university [§ 240.299(4)] or community college [§ 240.331(6)] direct support organization (DSO). Also prohibits contributions by such direct support organizations to political campaigns or political action committees. Identical to SB 890. Rep. Annie Betancourt (D-Miami)

SB 890 Donors/Direct Support Organizations: Identical to HB 505. Sen. Patsy Ann Kurth (D-Malabar)

🙂 WE LIKE THIS BILL! HOWEVER, THE UNIVERSITIES AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES WILL, UNDOUBTEDLY, FIGHT PASSAGE OF THIS GOOD LEGISLATION, AND ITS PASSAGE IS FAR FROM ASSURED. THE LEGISLATION WAS FILED IN DIRECT RESPONSE TO SIZEABLE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY DSO AND THE MIAMI-DADE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DSO TO A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, TRANSIT NOT TOLLS. BECAUSE THE IDENTITY OF DONORS TO DSOS IS EXEMPT FROM PUBLIC DISCLOSURE, THESE CONTRIBUTIONS WERE, IN EFFECT, ANONYMOUS, WHICH SEEMS TO VIOLATE, AT THE VERY LEAST, THE SPIRIT AND INTENT OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS.

HB 633 Release of Student Records: Authorizes the release of personally identifiable student records to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Department of Children and Family Services for certain, specified purposes. Also clarifies provisions regarding the release of student directory information, requiring schools to provide written notification prior to the release of the information and to obtain written authorization for such release. Identical to SB 848. Rep. J.D. Alexander (R-Frostproof)

  • H. Educational Innovation Committee: An amendment by Rep. Alexander makes significant changes to the definition in § 228.093(2), F.S., of the term “directory information” and adds definitions of “disclosure” and “personally identifiable information”, among others. CS/SB 848 also amends the provision allowing parents and students to challenge student records through the hearing proces, stipulating that the hearing is exempt from the Open Meetings Law upon request of the parent or student. Provisions in CS/SB 848 relating to the release of student directory information are the same as those in the bill as originally filed. Reported favorably as a committee substitute; currently in H. Governmental Operations.

SB 848 Release of Student Records: Identical to HB 633. Sen. John Laurent (R-Bartow)

  • S. Education Committee: An amendment offered by Sen. Jim Horne (R-Orange Park) to conform with CS/HB 633 adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute.
    • ALTHOUGH THIS LEGISLATION COULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION, THE BILL DOES NOT CREATE NEW EXEMPTIONS.

SB 836 Account Information/College Savings Program: Creates a public records exemption for information that identifies the benefactors or designated beneficiaries of college savings program accounts. Authorizes release of the exempt information to community colleges and universities under certain, specified circumstances. No House companion. Sen. Jim Horne (R-Orange Park)

  • S. Education Committee: Reported favorably; currently in S. Rules & Calendar.
    • THIS LEGISLATION, CREATING A LIMITED EXEMPTION TO THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT OF ACCESS, COMPLIES WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CREATING NEW EXEMPTIONS.

SB 1002 Blueprints/Educational Facilities: Creates a public records exemption for educational and state university facilities. Also creates a public meetings exemption for those portions of all meetings or proceedings relating solely to the exempt blueprints. Requires the Department of Education and the Board of Regents to prescribe, by rule, the exempt information relating to the blueprints. No House companion. Sen. Education Committee

  • S. Education Committee: Minor amendments adopted; reported favorably as amended.
    • THIS LEGISLATION, A RESPONSE, NO DOUBT, TO THE LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL TRAGEDY, CREATES A LIMITED EXEMPTION TO THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT OF ACCESS, AND COMPLIES WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CREATING NEW EXEMPTIONS.

FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUES

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. No Senate companion. Rep. Allen Trovillion (R-Winter Park)

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As has been the practice in the past, we will continue to send all members weekly updates on these and other bills. If you’d like more information about a bill, you can call us at (800) 337-3518. For those of you with Internet access, please check our website at www.floridafaf.org. You can also check On-Line Sunshine at www.leg.state.fl.us.

Wish us luck—as always, we’re going to need it.

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