2003 Legislative Session Final Report For Period Ending May 2

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: May 2

What follows is a list of all the bills we tracked during the 2003 Legislative Session, and the final action on each bill. You will find a description of each bill that passed the 2003 Legislature starting on page 9.

Final Action/Open Government Bills
2003 Legislative Session

HB 3, CS/HB 847 and CS/SB 2030, Citizen’s Right to Honest Government Act
Rep. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach); Rep. Dudley Goodlette (R-Naples); Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg)

  • HB 3 was withdrawn prior to introduction; CS/HB 847 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 2030 was tabled. See CS/HB 847.

HB 11 and SB 1972, Exemption/Paternity Registry
Rep. Mark Mahon (R-Jacksonville); Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach)

  • HB 11 was withdrawn prior to introduction; SB 1972 died in committee.

HB 49 and CS/SB 1434, Public Libraries
Rep. Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah); Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Hialeah)

  • HB 49 was tabled; CS/SB 1434 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 1434.

HB 69 and SB 1388, Pawnbroker Records/Firearm Purchases
Rep. Nan Rich (D-Sunsrise; Sen. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Pembroke Pines)

  • HB 69 died in committee; SB 1388 died in committee.

SB 76, Exemption/Pharmacist Adverse Incident Reports
Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • SB 76 was withdrawn from consideration.

SB 122 and HB 1147, Child Abuse Records
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville); Rep. Bob Allen (R-Merritt Island)

  • SB 122 died in committee; HB 1147 was withdrawn prior to introduction.

CS/HB 123 and CS/SB 1666, Exemption/Cell Phone and Pager Numbers & Billing Records
Rep. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness); Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • CS/HB 123 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 1666 died on S. Calendar.

CS/SB 126 and CS/HB 453, Exemption/Victims of Sexual Offenses
Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac); Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Oviedo)

  • CS/SB 126 was tabled; CS/HB 453 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/HB 453.

CS/SB 142 Expunction of Criminal History Records
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville)

  • CS/SB 142 died on S. Calendar.

CS/SB 192 and CS/HB 251, Confidentiality of Library Records
Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach); Rep. Pat Patterson (R-DeLand)

  • CS/SB 192 PASSED the Legislature; CS/HB 251 was tabled. See CS/SB 192.

HB 207 and SB 2670, Pharmacies/Patient Records
Rep. David Mealor (R-Lake Mary); Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • HB 207 PASSED the Legislature; SB 2670 was tabled. See HB 207.

SB 238 Exemption/Ethics Commission
Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

  • SB 238 died in committee.

SB 252 and HB 1027, OGSR/Trade Secrets
S. Comprehensive Planning ; H. State Administration

  • SB 252 was tabled; HB 1027 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1027.

SB 254 and HB 1025, OGSR/Municipal Employees
S. Comprehensive Planning; H. State Administration

  • SB 254 was tabled; HB 1025 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1025.

SB 256 and HB 1023, OGSR/County Employees
S. Comprehensive Planning; H. State Administration

  • SB 256 was tabled; HB 1023 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1023.

CS/SB 274 and HB 1029, OGSR/Hospital Adverse Incidents Reports
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 274 died on H. Calendar; HB 1029 died on H. Calendar.

CS/SB 280 and HB 1041, OGSR/Florida Joint Underwriting Association
S. Banking & Insurance; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 280 was tabled; HB 1041 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1041.

SB 282 and HB 1715, OGSR/Injured or Ill Employees
S. Banking & Insurance; H. State Administration

  • SB 282 died in committee; HB 1715 died in committee.

CS/SB 284 and HB 1035, OGSR/Workers’ Compensation Records
S. Banking & Insurance; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 284 was tabled; HB 1035 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1035.

SB 288 and HB 1591, OGSR/State Employees
S. Governmental Oversight; H. State Administration

  • SB 288 was tabled; HB 1591 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1591.

CS/SB 290 and HB 1021, OGSR/Housing Assistance Records
S. Governmental Oversight; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 290 was tabled; HB 1021 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1021.

CS/SB 298 and HB 1031, OGSR/Florida Kidcare Program
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 298 was tabled; HB 1031 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1031.

CS/SB 304 and CS/HB 451, Exemption/Public Utility Records
Sen. Nancy Argenziano (R-Crystal River); Rep. Mike Hogan (R-Jacksonville)

  • CS/SB 304 died on S. Calendar; CS/HB 451 died in committee.

CS/SB 306 and HB 1033, OGSR/AHCA Provider & Subscriber Assistance Program
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 306 was tabled; HB 1033 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1033.

CS/HB 387 and CS/SB 2216, Exemption/Moffitt Cancer Center & Alzheimer’s Institute
Rep. Kevin Ambler (R-Tampa); Sen. Les Miller (R-Tampa)

  • CS/HB 387 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 2216 passed the Senate and died in returning Messages.

SB 440 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 440 died in committee.

SB 442 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 442 died in committee.

CS/SB 444 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 444 was amended; CS/SB 444 did not pertain to open government and died in committee.

SB 446 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 446 died in committee.

SB 448 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 448 died in committee.

SB 450 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 450 died in committee

SB 452 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 452 died in committee.

SB 454 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 454 died in committee.

SB 456 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 456 died in committee.

SB 458 Public Records Exemption
S. Governmental Oversight

  • SB 458 died in committee.

CS/SB 462 and HB 1037, OGSR/Rabies Vaccination Certificates
S. Agriculture; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 462 was tabled; HB 1037 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1037.

CS/HB 491 and CS/SB 1770, Exemption/Human & Machine Cognition Institute
Rep. Holly Benson (R-Pensacola); Sen. Charlie Clary (R-Destin)

  • CS/HB 491 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 1770 passed the Senate and died in returning Messages.

SB 532 and HB 587, Campaign Finance Disclosure Reports
Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres); Rep. Anne Gannon (D-Delray Beach)

  • SB 532 was withdrawn from consideration; HB 587 died in committee.

CS/SB 566 Exemption/Patient Records
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care

  • CS/SB 566 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages.

HB 559, SB 1768 and HB 1913, Publication Information
Rep. Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne); Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne); H. State Administration

  • HB 559 was withdrawn from consideration; SB 1768 passed the Senate and died on H. Calendar; HB 1913 died on H. Calendar.

HB 763 and SB 1624, Confidentiality of Health Information
Rep. Charlie Justice (D-St. Petersburg); Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • HB 763 died in committee; SB 1624 was withdrawn from consideration.

HB 891and CS/SB 1212, Bankruptcy/Personal Information
Rep. Shelley Vana (D-West Palm Beach); Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • HB 891 died in committee; CS/SB 1212 died in committee.

HB 937, CS/SB 1664 and HB 1785, Exemption/ParaTransit Services
Rep. Juan Zapata (R-Miami); Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville); H. State Administration

  • HB 937 was withdrawn prior to introduction; CS/SB 1664 was tabled; HB 1785 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1785.

CS/HB 983 and CS/SB 2526, Exemption/Putative Father Registry
Rep. Mark Mahon (R-Jacksonville); Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • CS/HB 983 was tabled; CS/SB 2526 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 2526.

CS/HB 997 and CS/SB 1784, Exemption/Prescription Drug Records
Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Port St. Lucie); Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • CS/HB 997 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 1784 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages.

HB 1019 and SB 1026, OGSR/Video-Taped Statements of Minors
H. State Administration; S. Criminal Justice

  • HB 1019 PASSED the Legislature; SB 1026 was tabled. See HB 1019.

SB 1028 and HB 1717, OGSR/Identity of Executioner
S. Criminal Justice; H. State Administration

  • SB 1028 was tabled; HB 1717 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1717.

HB 1039 and CS/SB 1446, OGSR/Florida Land Sales Investigations
H. State Administration; S. Regulated Industries

  • HB 1039 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 1446 was tabled. See HB 1039.

SB 1052 and CS/HB 1579, Autopsy Records
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville); Rep. Yolly Roberson (D-North Miami)

  • SB 1052 was tabled; CS/HB 1579 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/HB 1579.

CS/HB 1061 and CS/SB 1230, Exemption/Food Safety Investigation Records
Rep. Marty Bowen (R-Winter Haven); Sen. Nancy Argenziano (R-Crystal River)

  • CS/HB 1061 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 1230 was tabled. See CS/HB 1061.

CS/SB 1072 Criminal Use/Personal Information
Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • CS/SB 1072 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 1072.

SB 1074 Sexual Predators/Public Notice
Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • SB 1074 died in committee.

SB 1082 Expunged or Sealed Public Records
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville)

  • SB 1082 died on S. Calendar.

CS/SB 1088 Exemption/Florida Commercial Space Finance Corporation
Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • CS/SB 1088 died in committee.

HJR 1135 and SJR 2250, JNC Records & Meetings
Rep. Fred Brummer (R-Apopka); Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville)

  • HJR 1135 was reported unfavorably and tabled; SJR 2250 died in committee.

CS/HB 1157 and CS/SB 1374, Florida Administrative Weekly
Rep. Dave Murzin (R-Pensacola); Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview)

  • CS/HB 1157 was tabled; CS/SB 1374 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 1374.

CS/SB 1182 and HB 1809, Security System Plans
Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland); H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 1182 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1809 was tabled. See CS/SB 1182.

CS/SB 1202 and CS/HB 1819, Commercial Solicitation
S. Banking & Insurance; H. Insurance

  • CS/SB 1202 passed the Senate and died on H. Calendar; CS/HB 1819 died on H. Calendar.

CS/SB 1362 and HB 1461, Exemption/Building Plans & Blueprints
Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton); Rep. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton)

  • CS/SB 1362 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages; HB 1461 died in committee.

CS/HB 1391 and CS/SB 1740, Dependent Children
Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Oviedo); Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach)

  • CS/HB 1391 died in committee; CS/SB 1740 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages.

SB 1440 and HB 1763, OGSR/Domestic Violence Victims
S. Children & Families; H. State Administration

  • SB 1440 was tabled; HB 1763 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1763.

CS/SB 1444 and HB 1593, OGSR/Foster Care Licensees
S. Children & Families; H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 1444 was tabled; HB 1593 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 1593.

HB 1503 and SB 2656, Aquifer Storage Information
Rep. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach); Sen. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

  • HB 1503 died in committee; SB 2656 died in committee.

SB 1508 Public Records Exemption
Sen. Lee Constantine (R-Altamonte Springs)

  • SB 1508 died in committee.

SB 1510 Public Records Exemption
Sen. Lee Constantine (R-Altamonte Springs)

  • SB 1510 died in committee.

SB 1570 Exemption/Mediation Records
Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach)

  • SB 1570 died in committee.

CS/SB 1580 Identity Theft
Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • CS/SB 1580 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages.

HB 1637 and SB 2440, Exemption/Financial Services Department.
Rep. Heather Fiorentino (R-New Port Richey); Sen. Skip Campbell (R-Tamarac)

  • HB 1637 died in committee; SB 2440 died in committee.

HB 1653 and SB 2168, Social Security Numbers
Rep. Carey Baker (R-Eustis); Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg)

  • HB 1653 died in committee; SB 2168 died in committee.

SB 1764 Exemption/Potable Water
Sen. J.D. Alexander (R-Winter Haven)

  • SB 1764 died in committee.

HB 1765, Public Necessity Statements
H. State Administration

  • HB 1765 passed the House and died in S. committee.

HB 1787 and SB 2396, Exemption/Alternative Investment Program Records
H. State Administration; Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • HB 1787 died on H. Calendar; SB 2396 died in committee.

CS/HB 1807 and CS/SB 2684, Ch. 119 Reorganization
H. State Administration; Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville)

  • CS/HB 1807 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 2684 died in committee.

HB 1895, Exemption/Credit Scoring Methodology
H. State Administration

  • HB 1895 passed the House; died in S. Messages.

HB 1905 Exemption/Health Care Professional Liability Institute Facility
H. State Administration

  • HB 1905 passed the House and died in S. committee.

HB 1923 Child Abuse Records
H. Future of Florida Families

  • HB 1923 died prior to being referred to committees.

SB 1942 Exemption/Physician Adverse Incidents
Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview)

  • SB 1942 passed the Senate; died in H. Messages.

CS/SB 2416 Exemption/Motor Vehicle Records
Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg)

  • CS/SB 2416 died on S. Calendar.

SB 2522 Criminal Justice Information
Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • SB 2522 died in committee.

SB 2716, Exemption/Ill or Injured Workers
Sen. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

  • SB 2716 died in committee.

SB 2818, Exemption/Inspectors General
Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-Palm Beach Gardens)

  • SB 2818 died in committee.

OPEN GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED IN 2003 SESSION

  1. CS/SB 192, Confidentiality of Library Records: Amends the exemption for library registration and circulation records in s. 257.261, F.S., to allow access to the exempt information by parents or guardians of library patrons under the age of 16 for the sole purpose of collecting fines or recovering overdue library materials. Similar to CS/HB 251. Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed the Senate unanimously; passed the House by a vote of 115/1.
  2. HB 207 and SB 2670, Pharmacies/Patient Records: Requires the Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules establishing guidelines for pharmacies to dispose of patient records, stipulating that such rules must be consistent with the duty to preserve the confidentiality of the records. Similar to SB 2670. Rep. David Mealor (R-Lake Mary) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  3. CS/HB 453, Exemption/Victims of Sexual Offenses: Creates a public record exemption for any photograph, videotape, digital image, electronic image, recorded image, or other visual image of any part of the body of a victim of a sexual offense that is criminal intelligence or investigative information. Stipulates that the exemption applies even if the victim is not identified. Similar to CS/SB 126. Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Oviedo)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  4. CS/HB 847, Citizen’s Right to Honest Government Act: In pertinent part, CS/HB 847 prohibits a “public servant” from (1) falsifying, concealing, destroying, mutilating, or altering any official record or document; (2) obstructing, delaying, or preventing the communication of information relating to the commission of a felony that directly involves or affects the public agency or public entity served by the public servant; (3) disclosing active criminal investigative or intelligence information with the intention of obstructing, impeding, or preventing a criminal investigation or prosecution if the information is not available to the general public and is gained by reason of the public servant’s official position; and (4) disclosing material information concerning a bid or other aspects of the competitive bidding process when such information is not publicly disclosed. Finally, stipulates that a person who provides information regarding suspected criminal violations committed by a public servant shall be considered a confidential informant or confidential source. Similar to CS/SB 2030. Rep. Dudley Goodlette (R-Naples) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  5. HB 1019, OGSR/Video-Taped Statements of Minors: Makes minor, technical amendments to s. 119.07(3)(s)2.a. F.S., providing a public records exemption for information identifying minors who are the victims of certain, specified sexual crimes in their video-taped statements. Similar to SB 1026. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  6. HB 1021, OGSR/Housing Assistance Records: Narrows the exemption under s. 119.07(3)(bb), F.S., for medical history records, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, telephone numbers, and information related to health or property insurance furnished by an individual to any government housing assistance program, to include only medical history records and information related to health or property insurance provided to the Department of Community Affairs, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, a city, county, or a local housing finance agency by an applicant for or participant in a housing assistance program. Similar to CS/SB 290. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  7. HB 1023, OGSR/County Employees: Reenacts the exemption in s. 125.585, F.S., for all records and communications concerning a county employee’s participation in an employee substance abuse program, (1) clarifying the current definition of “employee assistance program” as a “counseling, therapy or other professional treatment program provided . . . to assist any . . . employee who has a behavioral disorder, medical disorder, or substance abuse problem, or who has an emotional difficulty that affects the employee’s job performance;” and (2) slightly narrowing the exemption to include only personal identifying information in records relating to participation in such programs. Similar to SB 256. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  8. HB 1025, OGSR/Municipal Employees: Reenacts the exemption in s. 166.0444, F.S., for all records and communications concerning a municipal employee’s participation in an employee substance abuse program, (1) clarifying the current definition of “employee assistance program” as a “counseling, therapy or other professional treatment program provided . . . to assist any . . . employee who has a behavioral disorder, medical disorder, or substance abuse problem, or who has an emotional difficulty that affects the employee’s job performance;” and (2) slightly narrowing the exemption to include only personal identifying information in records relating to participation in such programs. Similar to SB 254. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  9. HB 1027, OGSR/Trade Secrets: Reenacts, with minor changes, s. 252.943, F.S., stipulating that when the Accidental Release Prevention Program under the federal Clean Air Act allows “a stationary source” to exclude trade secret information from its Risk Management Plan, the owner or operator must provide such information to the State Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Commission upon request, and provides that such information, when held by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), is exempt from public disclosure. Also exempts trade secret information held by DCA in the process of conducting an inspection, audit, or investigation pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act, until a determination has been made by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency that such information in no longer entitled to trade secret protection. Similar to SB 252. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  10. HB 1031, OGSR/Florida Kidcare Program: Slightly expands the exemption in s. 409.821, F.S., for information in an application for determination of eligibility for the Florida Kidcare program which identifies an applicant, including medical information and family financial information, to exempt information identifying a program applicant or enrollee held by the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Health, or the Florida Health Kids Corporation. Allows disclosure to other governmental entities only if disclosure is necessary for the entity to perform its duties and responsibilities under the Florida Kidcare program. Similar to CS/SB 298. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  11. HB 1033, OGSR/AHCA Provider & Subscriber Assistance Program: Makes minor, technical changes to the exemption in s. 408.7056, F.S., for subscriber identifying information contained in records prepared or reviewed by a provider and subscriber assistance panel of the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Also exempts meetings of the panel if the provider or subscriber whose grievance is to be heard requests a closed meeting and AHCA or the Department of Insurance determines that sensitive personal information, trade secret information, or information related to internal risk management programs may be revealed at the meeting. Allows for release of the exempt information if so requested by the subscriber or the managed care entity involved in a grievance procedure. Similar to CS/SB 306. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  12. HB 1035, OGSR/Workers’ Compensation Records: Reenacts, with minor changes, the exemption under s. 440.108, F.S., for investigatory records of the Department of Insurance (DOI) relating to workers’ compensation records, stipulating that such records are exempt until the investigation is complete or ceases to be active, unless the records would jeopardize the integrity of another active investigation; reveal a trade secret; reveal business or personal financial information; reveal personal identifying information of a confidential source; defame or cause unwarranted damage to the good name or reputation of an individual; or reveal investigative techniques or procedures. Also allows DOI to provide the exempt information to any law enforcement or administrative agency for use in the performance of its official duties. Similar to CS/SB 284. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  13. HB 1037, OGSR/Rabies Vaccination Certificates: Narrows, and reenacts, the exemption under s. 828.30(5), F.S., for information identifying the owner of the animal vaccinated in a rabies vaccination certificate provided to animal control authorities, exempting only the owner’s name, street address, phone number, and the animal tag number. Deletes the requirement that requests for such information be made in writing, as well as the provision relating to copies of rabies vaccination certificate databases. Similar to CS/SB 462. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  14. HB 1039, OGSR/Florida Land Sales Investigations: Reenacts, with minor technical changes, the public record exemption in s. 498.047(8), F.S., for information relative to an investigation by the Florida Land Sales Division until 10 day after a notice to show cause has been filed, or until the investigation is complete or ceases to be active. Provides that consumer complaints relative to such investigations remain exempt under certain, specified conditions. Allows access by law enforcement or administrative agencies in connection with official duties of the agencies. Similar to CS/SB 1446. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  15. HB 1041, OGSR/Florida Joint Underwriting Association: Reenacts, with minor changes, the exemptions under s. 627.311, F.S., for the Florida Automobile Joint Underwriting Association (JUA). Specifically, exempts JUA underwriting files; claims files, until termination of all litigation and settlement of all claims; records obtained or generated by an internal auditor; attorney-client communications; proprietary information; association employee medical information; records concerning employee participation in substance abuse programs; information relating to certain negotiations; and minutes of closed meetings until a time specified. Also exempts portions of meetings during which confidential underwriting files or confidential open claims files are discussed, but stipulates that closed portions of meetings must be recorded by a court reporter, and that the transcript of the closed portion of the meeting becomes public after settlement of the claim. Similar to CS/SB 280. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  16. CS/HB 1061, Exemption/Food Safety Investigation Records: Creates a public record exemption for exempt federal records provided to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for assistance during a joint food safety or food illness investigation, as a requirement for conducting a federal-state contract or partnership activity, or for regulatory review. Stipulates that the exempt information may not be disclosed except under a final determination by the appropriate federal agencies that the records are no longer entitled to protection or pursuant to a court order. Similar to CS/SB 1230. Rep. Marty Bowen (R-Winter Haven)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  17. CS/SB 1072 Criminal Use/Personal Information: Amends s. 817.568, F.S., revising the elements of the offense involving the criminal use of personal identifying information to provide various levels of offenses with mandatory minimum sentences. Includes bank account and credit card numbers within the definition of “personal identifying information.” No House companion. Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  18. CS/SB 1182, Security System Plans: Makes minor, technical amendments to the exemption in s. 119.071, F.S., for security system plans. Similar to HB 1809. Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  19. CS/SB 1374, Florida Administrative Weekly: Requires the Department of Environmental Protection to publish its notices required to be published in the Florida Administrative Weekly (FAW) on its Internet web site instead, stipulating that users must be allowed to search for notices by type, publication date, rule number or program number; search a permanent database that archives all notices published on the web site; and subscribe to an automated e-mail notification of selected notices. Stipulates that access be free for the general public, and that notices must clearly state the date the notice was first published and that notices shall be published only on the same days as the FAW. Finally, stipulates that the internet posting requirement sunsets July 1, 2004, unless reviewed and reenacted by the Legislature. Similar to CS/HB 1157. Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed the Senate unanimously; passed the House by a vote of 106/11.
  20. CS/SB 1434, Public Libraries: In pertinent part, amends the public record exemption for library registration and circulation records in s. 257.261, F.S., to allow access to the exempt information by parents or guardians of library patrons under the age of 16 for the sole purpose of collecting fines or recovering overdue library materials. Similar to HB 49 and CS/SB 192. Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Hialeah) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  21. CS/HB 1579, Autopsy Records: Amends the exemption in s. 406.135, F.S., for autopsy records to allow the deceased’s surviving relative with the authority to obtain the exempt autopsy record to designate, in writing, an agent to obtain autopsy records from the medical examiner. Similar to SB 1052. Rep. Yolly Roberson (D-N. Miami) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  22. HB 1591, OGSR/State Employees: Narrows the exemption in s. 110.1091, F.S., for records and communications concerning a state employee’s participation in an employee substance abuse program, to exempt only personal identifying information in records relating to participation in such programs. Similar to SB 288. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  23. HB 1593, OGSR/Foster Care Licensees: Reenacts and expands the exemption in s. 409.175, F.S., for information on foster care licensees to include foster care applicants, stipulating that if an applicant does not receive a license, the exempt information will become public record five years after the date of application. Clarifies that the following information is exempt unless otherwise ordered by a court: home, business, work, childcare, or school addresses and telephone numbers; social security numbers; birth dates; medical records; floor plans; and photographs of the licensed foster parent, the foster parent’s spouse, minor children, and other adult household members. Stipulates that such information becomes public record five years after the foster care license is no longer active, but that such information shall remain exempt if the foster parent becomes an adoptive parent. Narrows the exemption in character or neighbor references to include only the name, address, and telephone number of persons providing references. Similar to CS/SB 1444. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  24. HB 1717, OGSR/Identity of Executioner: Repeals the exemption in s. 922.106, F.S., for information that would identify the person administering the lethal injection. Also amends s. 945.10, clarifying that information identifying an executioner, or any person prescribing, preparing, compounding, dispensing, or administering a lethal injection is exempt from public disclosure. Similar to SB 1028. H. State Administration
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  25. HB 1763, OGSR/Domestic Violence Victims: Reenacts, with minor modification, the public records exemption for the addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers of participants in the Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence in s. 741.465, F.S, allowing release of the exempt information under certain, specified circumstances. Also reenacts an exemption for the name, address, or telephone numbers of program participants contained in voter registration records held by supervisors of elections. [NOTE: This exemption was created five years ago, but the enacting legislation violated the single subject requirement under Art. I, s. 24, of the Fla. Con. HB 1763 reenacts the exemption and subjects it to the OGSR Act as if it were a new exemption.] Similar to SB 1440. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  26. HB 1785, Exemption/ParaTransit Services: Creates a public record exemption for all personal identifying information contained in records relating to an individual’s health held by local governments for the purpose of determining eligibility for paratransit services under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Allows for disclosure with the express written consent of the individual, in a medical emergency, or by order of a court upon a showing of good cause. Similar to CS/SB 1664. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  27. CS/SB 2526, Exemption/Putative Father Registry: Creates a public record exemption for all information (the name, address, date of birth, and physical description of the putative father; the name, address, date of birth, and physical description of the mother, if known; and the date, place, and location of conception of the child; and the name, date, and place of birth of the child or estimated date of birth of the expected child, if known) contained in the putative father registry (those putative fathers wishing to claim paternity and assert parental rights) maintained by the Office of Vital Statistics. Allows access to the exempt information by certain specified entities. Similar to CS/HB 983. Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.

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