2002 Legislative Session Final Report For Period Ending March 22

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: March 22

What follows is a list of all the bills we tracked during the 2002 Legislative Session, and the final action on each bill. You will find a detailed description of each bill that passed the 2002 Legislature on page 10.

Final Action/Open Government Bills
2002 Legislative Session

SB 84, Nursing Homes/Internal Risk Management Records & Meetings
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • SB 84 was withdrawn from consideration.

SB 86 and HB 1445, Learning Gateway Records
Sen. Ken Pruitt (R-Port St. Lucie); Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Port St. Lucie)

  • SB 86 passed the Senate and died in H. committee; HB 1445 died in committee.

HB 95, CS/SB 392, and SB 404, Public Libraries/Obscenities
Rep. Allen Trovillion (R-Winter Park); Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville); Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • HB 95 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 392 died on S. Calendar; SB 404 was tabled.

HB 107 and SB 1782, DOI/Computer Modeling Data
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Dania Beach); Sen. Steven Geller (D-Hallandale Beach)

  • HB 107 died in committee; SB 1782 died in committee.

HB 131 and SB 368, Library Registration Records
Rep. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach); Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville)

  • HB 131 passed the House and died in S. committee; SB 368 died on S. Calendar.

SB 140 and HB 1123, Criminal Use/Public Records
Sen. Locke Burt (R-Ormond Beach); Rep. Roger Wishner (D-Plantation)

  • SB 140 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1123 died on H. Calendar. See SB 140.

CS/HB 147 and CS/SB 1996, Citizens’ Right to Honest Government Act
Rep. Randy Ball (R-Titusville); Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg)

  • CS/HB 147 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/HB 1996 died in committee.

CS/SB 162 and HB 1981, Proceedings/Judicial Qualifications Commission
Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg); Rep. Larry Crow (R-Dunedin)

  • CS/SB 162 died in committee; HB 1981 passed the House and died in S. committee.

CS/HB 195 and CS/SB 430, DOI/Delinquency Proceeding Records
Rep. Anne Gannon (D-Delray Beach); Sen. Ron Klein (D-Delray Beach)

  • CS/HB 195 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 430 died in committee.

CS/SB 238 and HB 281,OGSR/Risk-Based Capital Information
S. Banking & Insurance; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 238 was tabled; HB 281 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 281.

HB 241 and SB 340, Crime Victim Photos
Rep. Dick Kravitz (R-Orange Park); Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville)

  • HB 241 died in committee; SB 340 was withdrawn from consideration.

SB 250 and HB 277, OGSR/Practitioner Profiles
S. Health; H. State Administration

  • SB 250 was tabled; HB 277 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 277.

SB 252 and HB 279, Health Care Practitioners
S. Health; H. State Administration

  • SB 252 was tabled; HB 279 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 279.

SB 254 and HB 283, OGSR/Managed Care Ombudsman Committees
S. Health; H. State Administration

  • SB 254 was tabled; HB 283 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 283.

HB 273 and SB 352, OGSR/Ethics Commission
H. State Administration; S. Ethics

  • HB 273 PASSED the Legislature; SB 352 was tabled. See HB 273.

SB 274 and CS/HB 539, Ch. 119 Reorganization & Records Retention
S. Governmental Oversight; H. Tourism

  • SB 274 died on H. Calendar; CS/HB 539 was tabled.

HB 275 and SB 476, OGSR/Deepwater Ports
H. State Administration; S. Transportation

  • HB 275 PASSED the Legislature; SB 476 was tabled. See HB 275.

HB 285 and SB 394, OGSR/Victim & Witness Information
H. State Administration; S. Criminal Justice

  • HB 285 PASSED the Legislature; SB 394 was tabled. See HB 285.

HB 287 and SB 396, OGSR/Florida Violent Crime Council
H. State Administration; S. Criminal Justice

  • HB 287 PASSED the Legislature; SB 396 was tabled. See HB 287.

CS/HB 323 and SB 1030, Crash Reports
H. State Administration; Sen. Locke Burt (R-Ormond Beach)

  • CS/HB 323 died in H. Council; SB 1030 passed the Senate and died in Messages.

CS/HJR 327 and SJR 1284, New Exemptions/Votes
Rep. John Carassas (R- Largo); Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Palm Harbor)

  • CS/HJR 327 was tabled; SJR 1284 PASSED the Legislature. See SJR 1284.

CS/SB 378 and CS/HB 445, Public Utility Records
Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville); Rep. Mike Hogan (R-Jacksonville)

  • CS/SB 378 died in committee; CS/HB 445 passed the House and died in S. committee.

HB 431 and CS/SB 1112, Guardian Ad Litem Home Addresses
Rep. Ken Sorensen (R-Tavernier); Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami)

  • HB 431 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 1112 died in committee.

CS/SB 468 and HB 543, Abandoned Property Records/Personal Information
Sen. Locke Burt (R-Ormond Beach); Rep. Nancy Detert (R-Venice)

  • CS/SB 468 was tabled; HB 543 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 543.

SB 494, FDLE/Automatic Delay
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • SB 494 was withdrawn from consideration.

SB 488 and HB 729, Hospital Emergency Management Plans
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville); H. Select Committee on Security

  • SB 488 was withdrawn from consideration; HB 729 died in committee. But see SB 18-C (passed during Special Session 2001-C).

SB 490 and HB 733, Pharmaceutical Materials
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville); H. Select Committee on Security

  • SB 490 was withdrawn from consideration; HB 733 died in committee. But see SB 20-C (passed during Special Session 2001-C).

SB 486, Security System Plans
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • SB 486 was withdrawn from consideration. But see SB 16-C (passed during Special Session 2001-C).

SB 492 and HB 741, Law Enforcement Transmittal Letters
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville); H. Select Committee on Security

  • SB 492 was withdrawn from consideration; HB 741 died in committee. But see SB 22-C (passed during Special Session 2001-C).

CS/SB 638 and HB 699, Health Care Records
Sen. Locke Burt (R-Ormond Beach); Rep. Larry Crow (R-Dunedin)

  • CS/SB 638 passed the Senate and died in H. committee; HB 699 died in committee.

CS/SB 644 and HB 2013, Worker’s Compensation Records
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R- Miami); H. Smarter Government

  • CS/SB 644 died in committee; HB 2013, passed the House and died in S. committee.

CS/SB 646,Procurement Meetings
Sen. Rudy Garcia

  • CS/SB 646 died in committee.

CS/SB 648, Peer Review Panels
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami)

  • CS/SB 648 passed the Senate and died in Messages.

CS/SB 650 and CS/HB 773, Paternity Registry Records
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami); Rep. Mark Mahon (R-Jacksonville)

  • CS/SB 650 died on S. Calendar; CS/HB 773 passed the House and died in S. committee.

SB 652, Shell Bill/Public Records
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami)

  • SB 652 died in committee.

CS/SB 654 and HB 1951, Procurement Records
Sen. Rudy Garcia; Rep. Rob Wallace (R-Tampa)

  • CS/SB 654 died on S. Calendar; HB 1951 passed the House and died in S. committee.

SB 656, Shell Bill/Public Records
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami)

  • SB 656 died in committee.

CS/SB 658, Higher Education/Health Services Support Organizations
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami)

  • CS/SB 658 died on S. Calendar.

CS/SB 660 and HB 2019, Investigations/Higher Education
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami); H. Lifelong Learning

  • CS/SB 660 died on S. Calendar; HB 2019 passed the House and died in S. committee.

CS/SB 668 and CS/HB 1679, Study Commission/Court Records
S. Judiciary; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 668 was tabled; CS/HB 1679 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/HB 1679.

CS/HB 687 and CS/SB 1534, Personal Information/ParaTransit Services
H. State Administration; Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg)

  • CS/HB 687 passed the House; CS/SB 1534 died in committee.

CS/HB 731 and CS/SB 970, Aerial Applicators
H. Select Committee on Security; Sen. Durrell Peaden

  • CS/HB 731 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 970 died in committee.

CS/HB 735 and CS/SB 982, Blueprints and Schematic Drawings
H. Select Committee on Security; Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • CS/HB 735 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 982 was tabled. See CS/HB 735.

HB 737, Law Enforcement Cellular Telephone Numbers and Billing Records
H. Select Committee on Security

  • HB 737 died in committee.

HB 739, Law Enforcement Digital Pager Numbers and Billing Records
H. Select Committee on Security

  • HB 739 died in committee.

CS/HB 769 and SB 1762, Student Assessment Data
Rep. J.D. Alexander (R-Winter Haven); Sen. Don Sullivan (R-St. Petersburg)

  • CS/HB 769 passed the House and died in S. committee; SB 1762 died in committee.

CS/HB 777 and CS/SB 2430, Qualified Tax Refund Program Records
Rep. Bev Kilmer (R-Marianna); Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami)

  • CS/HB 777 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 2430 was tabled. See CS/HB 777.

HB 875 and SB 1600, Physician/Adverse Incident Reports
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor); Sen. Charlie Clary (R-Destin)

  • HB 875 died in committee; SB 1600 passed the Senate and died on the H. Calendar.

HB 927, Dispute Resolution/Managed Care
Rep. Allan Bense (R-Panama City)

  • HB 927 died in committee.

HB 935 and CS/SB 1886, State Retirement Program Records
Rep. Marco Rubio (R-Miami); Sen. Debby Sanderson (R-Ft. Lauderdale)

  • HB 935 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 1886 was tabled. See HB 935.

CS/SB 980, Military Discharge Forms
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • CS/SB 980 passed the Senate and died in Messages.

SB 984, Public Safety/Public Records
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • SB 984 died in committee.

SB 986, Public Safety/Public Records
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • SB 986 died in committee.

HB 1055 and SB 1318, Financial Reports
Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala); Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville)

  • HB 1055 died in committee; SB 1318 died in committee.

HB 1067 and SB 1222, Abandoned Newborns
H. Health Promotion; Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

  • HB 1067 was tabled; SB 1222 PASSED the Legislature. See SB 1222.

SB 1152 and HB 1663, Exemption/Investigative Incident Reports
Sen. Ron Klein (D-Delray Beach); Rep. Ronald Greenstein (D-Coconut Creek)

  • SB 1152 died in committee; HB 1663 died in committee.

SB 1154 and HB 1495, Sealing/Investigative Incident Reports
Sen. Ron Klein (D-Delray Beach); Rep. Ronald Greenstein (D-Coconut Creek)

  • SB 1154 died in committee; HB 1495 died in committee.

CS/HB 1205 and CS/SB 1440, Unsolicited Reports
Rep. Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne); Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • CS/HB 1205 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 1440 died on S. Calendar.

CS/HB 1223 and CS/SB 1690, Women’s Health & Safety Act
Rep. Aaron Bean (R-Yulee); Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg)

  • CS/HB 1223 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 1690 died in committee.

SB 1230 and HB 1675, Bank Account and Credit Card Numbers
Sen. Ron Klein (D-Delray Beach); H. State Administration

  • SB 1230 was tabled; HB 1675 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1675.

SB 1260, Shell Bill/BioTerrorism Threats
Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • SB 1260 died in committee.

SB 1270, Shell Bill/Public Records
Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • SB 1270 died in committee.

SB 1280, Shell Bill/Public Records
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami)

  • SB 1280 died in committee.

HB 1261 and CS/SB 1842, Election Reporting Requirements
Rep. Mitch Needleman (R-Palm Bay); S. Ethics

  • SB 1261 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 1842 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 1842.

HB 1311, SB 1526 and SB 2464, Motor Vehicle Records
Rep. Lindsay Harrington (R-Punta Gorda); Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg); Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg)

  • HB 1311 died in committee; SB 1526 died in committee; SB 2464 died in committee.

HB 1313, DCFS/Investigative Records
H. Child & Family Security

  • HB 1313 passed the House and died in S. committee.

CS/HB 1355 and CS/SB 1478, Insurer’s Workpapers
Rep. David Mealor (R-Lake Mary); Sen. Charlie Clary (R-Destin)

  • CS/HB 1355 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 1478 was tabled. See CS/HB 1355.

CS/SB 1406 and CS/HB 1487, Telecommunication Audits
Sen. Ken Pruitt (R-Port St. Lucie); Rep. Stacy Ritter (D-Coral Springs)

  • CS/SB 1406 was tabled; CS/HB 1487 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/HB 1487.

HB 1417 and SB 1934, Birth Defects
Rep. Perry McGriff (D-Gainesville); Sen. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Pembroke Pines)

  • HB 1417 died in committee; SB 1934 died in committee.

SB 1466, Court Records/Electronic Access
Sen. Lee Constantine (R-Altamonte Springs)

  • SB 1466 died in committee.

SB 1468, Home Addresses/Teachers
Rep. Lee Constantine (R-Altamonte Springs)

  • SB 1468 died in committee.

CS/SB 1480 and CS/HB 1767, DOI/Personal Information
S. Banking; Rep. Bob Allen (R-Merritt Island)

  • CS/SB 1480 was tabled; CS/HB 1767 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/HB 1767.

SB 1488, Photos/Victims of Sexual Offenses
Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • SB 1488 died in committee.

CS/SB 1494 and HB 1509, Pharmacists/Adverse Incident Reports
Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac); Rep. Joyce Cusack (D-DeLand)

  • CS/SB 1494 died in committee; HB 1509 died in committee.

HB 1505, Video Lottery Games
Rep. Ron Greenstein (D-Coconut Creek)

  • HB 1505 died in committee.

HB 1547 and CS/SB 2036, Food-Borne Illness
Rep. Dwight Stansel (D-Live Oak); Sen. Steven Geller (D-Hallandale Beach)

  • HB 1547 died in committee; CS/SB 2036 died in committee.

SB 1558, Shell Bill/Education Commission Exemptions
Sen. Alex Villalobos (R- Miami)

  • SB 1558 died in committee.

CS/SB 1562, Exemptions/Higher Education
Sen. Alex Villalobos (R- Miami)

  • CS/SB 1562 passed the Senate and died in Messages.

CS/SB 1588 and CS/HB 1673, Social Security Numbers
Sen. Locke Burt (R-Ormond Beach); H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 1588 was tabled; CS/HB 1673 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/HB 1673.

HB 1639 and SB 2240, Qualified Tax Refund Program Records
Rep. Don Davis (R-Jacksonville Beach); Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

  • HB 1639 died in committee; SB 2240 died in committee.

CS/SB 1648, Social Security Numbers/Court Records
S. Judiciary

  • CS/SB 1648 passed the Senate and died in H. committee.

CS/HB 1661 and CS/SB 2172, School Advisory Councils/By-Laws
Rep. Charlie Justice (D-St. Petersburg); Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville)

  • CS/HB 1661 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 2172 was tabled. See CS/HB 1661.

CS/HB 1769 and CS/SB 2370, Unsolicited Bids/Transportation Facilities
Rep. Bill Andrews (R-Delray Beach); Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • CS/HB 1769 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 2370 died in committee.

HB 1983, Juvenile Records
H. Juvenile Justice

  • HB 1983 passed the House and died in S. committee.

HB 2003, Alzheimer’s Institute Records and Meetings
H. Healthy Communities

  • HB 2003 passed the House and died in S. committee.

SB 2258, Home Addresses/Property Records
Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • SB 2258 died in committee.

CS/SB 2416, Home Addresses/Public Employees
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Miami)

  • CS/SB 2416 died in committee.

SB 2526 Sale of Personal Information
Sen. Buddy Dyer (D-Orlando)

  • SB 2526 died in committee.

OPEN GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED IN 2002 SESSION

  1. SB 140 Criminal Use of Public Records: Stipulates that a person who knowingly uses public records or information obtained from public records to further or facilitate the commission of a crime commits, in addition to the underlying offense, a first degree misdemeanor or third degree felony. Sen. Locke Burt (R-Ormond Beach) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  2. HB 273 OGSR/Ethics Commission Meetings & Records: Reenacts, with minor changes, s. 112.324, F.S., providing an exemption for records relating to complaints filed with the Commission on Ethics and preliminary investigations conducted by the Commission until the complaint is dismissed as legally insufficient, until the alleged violator requests in writing that the records be made public, or until a finding of probable cause. Also exempts proceedings conducted by the Commission pursuant to a complaint or preliminary investigation. H. State Administration
    Passed the House 109/1; passed the Senate 34/1.
  3. HB 275 OGSR/Deepwater Ports: Reenacts, without change, s. 315.18, F.S., providing a public records exemption for any proposal or counterproposal exchanged between a non-governmental entity and a deepwater port, and for financial records submitted by such entities relating to the sale, use, or lease of land. H. State Administration
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously. Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2002 5.
  4. HB 277 OGSR/Practitioner Profiles: Reenacts, with minor technical changes, s. 456.046, F.S., providing an exemption for patient names and identifying information obtained by the Department of Health for the purpose of creating practitioner profiles, stipulating that other data received by DOH is exempt until the profile is made public. H. State Administration
    Passed the House unanimously; passed the Senate 34/1.
  5. HB 279 Health Care Practitioners: Amends the definition of “license” and “licensee” under s. 456.011, F.S., to include provisional licenses and provisional licensees. Also deletes public record and meeting exemptions in ss. 490.00515 and 491.0047 for information relating to impaired health care practitioners who hold provisional licenses or are provisional licensees. Note, however, that the information retains its exempt status due to the definitional change. H. State Administration DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed the House unanimously; passed the Senate 33/1.
  6. HB 281 OGSR/Risk-Based Capital Information: Reenacts, with minor changes, s. 624.40851, F.S., providing an exemption for risk-based capital reports, plans, and working plans and adjusted reports and plans, made by, furnished to, or filed with the Department of Insurance, and proceedings and hearings related to such reports or plans. H. State Administration
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  7. HB 283 OGSR/Managed Care Ombudsman Committee Records & Meetings: Reenacts, with minor changes, s. 641.67, F.S., providing an exemption for patient records and identifying information held by district managed care ombudsman, and s. 641.68, F.S., exempting portions of committee meetings where such information is discussed. H. State Administration
    Passed the House unanimously; passed the Senate 36/2.
  8. HB 285 OGSR/Victim & Witness Information: Reenacts, with minor technical changes, s. 914.27, F.S., providing an exemption for information held by any state or local law enforcement agency, state attorney, the statewide prosecutor, the Victim and Witness Protection Review Committee, or FDLE which discloses the identity or location of a victim or witness who has been identified or certified for protection or relocation. Section 914.27 also exempts the identity or location information of victim or witness family members, relocations sites, techniques, and procedures and permanent relocation information. H. State Administration
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  9. HB 287 OGSR/Florida Violent Crime Council: Reenacts, with minor changes, s. 943.031(7), F.S., providing an exemption for portions of meetings of the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council at which active criminal investigative or active criminal intelligence information is discussed. Tape recordings, minutes, and notes generated during the closed portions of such meetings are exempt until the criminal investigation or criminal intelligence information ceases to be active. H. State Administration
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  10. HB 543 Abandoned Property Records: Creates a public record exemption for social security numbers and financial account numbers in reports to the Department of Banking and Finance of abandoned or unclaimed property. Stipulates that the exemption applies retroactively. Rep. Nancy Detert (R-Venice)
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  11. CS/HB 735 Security System Plans: Creates a public record exemption for building plans, blueprints, schematic drawings, and diagrams depicting the internal layout and structural elements of a building, arena, stadium, water treatment facility, or other structure owned or operated by an agency. Allows public access upon court order and a showing of good cause. Stipulates that the exemption applies retroactively. H. Select Committee on Security
    Passed the House 101/14; passed the Senate 33/4.
  12. CS/HB 777 Qualified Defense Tax Refund Program: Creates a public records exemption for certain, specified business information received under tax refund programs for qualified defense contractors, qualified aviation-industry businesses, and qualified target-industry businesses, by the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development (OTTED), Enterprise Florida, or county or municipal governments and their employees. Such exempt information includes: applicant’s federal tax identification number and Florida sales tax registration number; trade secret information; the percentage of the applicant’s sales occurring outside Florida and the percentage of gross receipts derived from Department of Defense contracts during the past 5 taxable years; the amount of sales and use taxes, corporate income taxes, intangible personal property taxes, emergency excise taxes, excise taxes on document, and ad valorem taxes paid during the past 5 fiscal years; information relating to anticipated wages for project jobs, the average wages actually paid for jobs created, and an employee’s personal identifying information when submitted as part of a claim for a tax refund and as evidence of achievement or nonachievement of performance. Stipulates that such information is exempt for the duration of the tax refund agreement or 10 years, whichever is earlier, and that the exemption does not preclude publication of aggregate data or the release of names of qualifying businesses and refund amounts. Rep. Bev Kilmer (R-Marianna)
    Passed the House 86/28; amended by the Senate and passed 34/2; passed the House as amended 68/51.
  13. HB 935 Identifying Information/Florida Retirement System: Creates a public record exemption for personal identifying information regarding participants in the Public Employee Optional Retirement Program contained in records of the Florida Retirement System. Rep. Marco Rubio (R-Miami)
    Passed the House 106/3; passed the Senate 33/2.
  14. SB 1222 Abandoned Newborns: Expands the exemption in s. 383.51, F.S., for the identity of parents leaving newborn infants at hospitals or fire stations to also include emergency medical services stations. Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  15. SJR 1284 Public Records & Meetings Exemptions: Proposes an amendment to Article I, section 24, of the Florida Constitution, stipulating that any exemption by the Legislature to the public’s constitutional right of access must be passed by a two-thirds vote of each house. Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Palm Harbor) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed the Senate unanimously; passed the House 114/4.
  16. CS/HB 1355 DOI/Workpapers: Creates a public record exemption for workpapers and other information held by the Department of Insurance (DOI) in the performance of an examination or investigation of insurers. Also exempts workpapers and other information received from another governmental entity or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) for the DOI’s use in the performance of examinations or investigations. Authorizes access by certain, specified governmental entities, NAIC, and for use in criminal, civil, or administrative proceedings, so long as the confidential and exempt status of the information is maintained. Stipulates that the exemption applies retroactively. Rep. David Mealor (R-Lake Mary)
    Passed the House 96/22; passed the Senate 18/12.
  17. CS/HB 1487 Telecommunications Service Tax Audits: Creates a public record exemption for any information received by a taxing authority or its agent in connection with an audit of public service taxes collected by a telecommunications service provider. Stipulates that the exemption applies retroactively. Rep. Stacy Ritter (D-Coral Springs)
    Passed the House 107/11; passed the Senate 35/1.
  18. CS/HB 1661 School Advisory Councils/Bylaws: Requires all school advisory councils to adopt bylaws establishing procedures for: requiring a quorum (a majority of the membership) to be present before a vote can be taken; requiring at least 3-days advance written notice to members of the council of anything coming up for a vote; scheduling meetings when parents, students, teachers, business persons and members of the community can attend; replacing members with two unexcused absences; and recording minutes of all meetings. Allows a district school board to review all proposed by-laws and requires the school board to maintain a record of minutes of council meetings. Rep. Charlie Justice (D-St. Petersburg) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed the House 116/1; passed the Senate unanimously.
  19. CS/HB 1673 Social Security Numbers: (1) Creates a public record exemption for all social security numbers held by an agency, allowing access by another governmental entity if necessary in performance of its duties and responsibilities. (2) Stipulates that a commercial entity engaged in a commercial activity (defined in s. 14.203, F.S.) may have access for legitimate business purposes if: (a) the social security numbers will be used only in the normal course of business for a legitimate business purpose; and (b) the commercial entity makes the request in writing. Stipulates that the written request must be verified, legibly signed by an authorized officer or employee, and must contain the name, business mailing and location address, business telephone number, and a statement of the specific purpose for which the social security number is needed. Provides a penalty for anyone making a false representation in order to obtain a social security number. “Legitimate business purpose” is defined as verification of the accuracy of personal information; use in civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings; use for insurance purposes; and use in research activities. Public disclosure of social security numbers and the bulk sale of such numbers are specifically not included in the definition. (3) Stipulates that if, on or after Oct. 1, 2002, any final judgement, court order or docket sheet contains a social security number, that the number must be on a separate page and must be maintained as a separate attachment which will not be filed or recorded. Also prohibits the inclusion of a person’s social security number on any document to be filed or recorded in the official records on or after Oct. 1, 2002. Allows a person or his/her attorney to request the removal of a social security number from any record placed on the Internet. (4) Requires each agency to report those commercial entities requesting access to social security numbers by the end of each year. (5) Finally, prohibits an agency from collecting social security numbers unless authorized by law to do so or unless the collection of such numbers is imperative for the performance of the agency’s governmental duties. Stipulates that the exemption applies retroactively. H. State Administration
    Passed the House unanimously; passed the Senate 33/1.
  20. HB 1675 Bank Account & Charge Card Numbers: Reenacts a public record exemption for bank account numbers and debit, charge, and credit card numbers held by a government agency. Stipulates that the exemption applies retroactively. H. State Administration
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  21. CS/HB 1679 Study Commission/Court Records: Creates a Study Commission on Public Records, with members to be appointed by the House Speaker, the Senate President, the Governor, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and the Florida Association of Circuit Court Clerks and Comptroller,, for the purpose of developing policy guidelines and recommending changes to court procedures, rules, organizational structure, and laws governing privacy, confidentiality, admissibility of evidence, and public access to court records. Requires the Commission to address certain, specified issues relating to on-line and Internet access to court records containing sensitive information. Stipulates that a final report must be made by January 1, 2003. Prohibits placement of military discharge records, death certificates, and any family law, probate, or guardianship files, records, and papers on the Internet, and requires that such records already on the Internet be removed if the subject of the record requests removal. H. State Administration DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed the House unanimously; passed the Senate 27/7.
  22. CS/HB 1767 DOI/Personal Financial and Identifying Information: Creates a public record exemption for bank account numbers; debit, charge and credit card numbers; and all other personal financial and health information of a consumer held by the Department of Insurance (DOI) or its service providers. Stipulates that the exemption applies retroactively. Allows DOI to release such information to law enforcement agencies. Rep. Bob Allen (R-Merritt Island)
    Passed the House 102/17; passed the Senate 29/4.
  23. CS/SB 1842 Election Reporting Requirements: Redefines the terms “political committee”, “independent expenditure”, “issue”, and “communications media” (adding the Internet to the list of “communication media”) for the purpose of campaign contribution reporting requirements. Also revises the requirements for reporting campaign contributions, as well as the penalty provisions for failure to report. Requires any person sponsoring or funding an election advertisement to file regular reports of all contributions received and all expenditures made, stipulating that such reports must contain the same information and are subject to the same filing requirements as reports required of candidates under s. 106.07, F.S. S. Ethics & Elections DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both the House and Senate unanimously.

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