2004 Legislative Session Final Report For Period Ending April 30

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending: April 30

What follows is a list of all the bills we tracked during the 2004 Legislative Session, and the final action on each bill. You will find a description of each bill that passed the 2004 Legislature starting on page 8.

Final Action/Open Government Bills
2004 Legislative Session

CS/SB 114 and HB 951, Exemption/Human & Machine Cognition Institute
Sen. Charlie Clary(R-Destin); H. State Administration

  • CS/SB 114 was tabled; HB 951 PASSED the Legislature. See HB 951.

CS/HB 147, SB 2922 and SB 3030, Exemption/Moffitt Center & Alzheimer’s Institute
Rep. Kevin Ambler (R-Tampa); Sen. Les Miller (D-Tampa); Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • CS/HB 147 passed the House & died in S. committee; SB 2922 died on S. Calendar; SB 3030 died in committee.

SB 150, Exemption/Ethics Code Violations
Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

  • SB 150 was withdrawn from consideration.

CS/HB 155 and CS/SB 1152, Exemption/Firearm Records
Rep. Lindsay Harrington (R-Punta Gorda); Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview)

  • CS/HB 155 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 1152 was tabled. See CS/HB 155.

CS/SB 204 and HB 983, Burial Rights/Purchase Records
Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa); Rep. Charlie Justice (D-St. Petersburg)

  • CS/SB 204 PASSED the Legislature; HB 983 was tabled. See CS/SB 204.

CS/HB 317 and CS/SB 410, Exemption/Blueprints and Building Plans
Rep. Ron Reagan (R-Sarasota); Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton)

  • CS/HB 317 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 410 was tabled. See CS/HB 317.

CS/HB 337 and CS/SB 432, Notaries Public
Rep. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs); Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami Beach)

  • CS/HB 337 died in committee; CS/SB 432 died in committee.

CS/SB 348 and CS/HB 593, Home Addresses – US Attorneys
Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview); Rep. Greg Evers (R-Milton)

  • CS/SB 348 PASSED the Legislature; CS/HB 593 was tabled. See CS/SB 348.

CS/HB 393 and CS/SB 482, Consumer Protection/Personal Information
Rep. Shelley Vana (D-West Palm Beach); Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • CS/HB 393 was tabled; CS/SB 482 died on H. Calendar.

CS/HB 399 and CS/SB 578, Exemption/Controlled Substance Data Base
Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Port St. Lucie); Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • CS/HB 399 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 578 died on S. Calendar.

CS/HB 433 and CS/SB 652 Exemption/Complaints – Law Enforcement Officers
Rep. Hugh Gibson (R-The Villages); Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • CS/HB 433 died in committee; CS/SB 652 died in committee.

SB 462, OGSR/Child Fatalities
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care Committee

  • SB 462 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages.

CS/SB 464 and HB 1729, OGSR/Home Addresses – Hospital Employees
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care Committee; H. State Administration Committee

  • CS/SB 464 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1729 was tabled. See CS/SB 464.

CS/SB 466 and HB 1735, OGSR/Statewide Guardianship Office
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care Committee; H. State Administration Committee

  • CS/SB 466 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1735 was tabled. See CS/SB 466.

SB 468 and HB 1731, OGSR/Hospital Board Meetings
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care Committee; H. State Administration Committee

  • CS/SB 468 PASSED the Legislature, HB 1731 was tabled. See CS/SB 468.

CS/HB 565 and SB 2122, Exemption/Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association
Rep. Donna Clarke (R-Sarasota); Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

  • CS/HB 565 died in committee; SB 2122 died in committee.

HB 619 EMTs, HB 1785 and CS/SB 1880, Exemption/Home Addresses – EMTs
Rep. Will Kendrick (D-Carrabelle); H. State Administration Committee; Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

  • HB 619 died in committee; HB 1785 passed the House and died in S. committee; CS/SB 1880 died in committee.

HB 635 and CS/SB 2082, Exemption/Kid Recreation Programs
Rep. Shelley Vana (D-West Palm Beach); Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • HB 635 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 2082 was tabled. See HB 635.

SB 660 Publication of Unsolicited Reports
Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne)

  • SB 660 was withdrawn from consideration.

SB 674 and HB 1733, OGSR/Home Medical Equipment Suppliers
S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care Committee; H. State Administration Committee

  • SB 674 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1733 was tabled. See SB 674.

CS/HB 701, Health Care/Right to Know
Rep. Donna Clarke (R-Sarasota)

  • CS/HB 701 died on H. Calendar.

CS/SB 702 and HB 1887, Exemption/Patient Safety Data
Sen. Steve Wise (R-Jacksonville); H. Health Care Committee

  • CS/SB 702 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1887 was tabled. See CS/SB 702.

HB 703 and SB 1592, FCAT/Parent’s Right to Know
Rep. Curtis Richardson (D-Tallahassee); Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando)

  • HB 703 died in committee; SB 1592 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages.

CS/SB 704, Exemption/Drug Wholesalers
Sen. Steve Wise (R-Jacksonville)

  • CS/SB 704 died on S. Calendar.

SB 706, Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Steve Wise (R-Jacksonville)

  • SB 706 was withdrawn from consideration.

CS/SB 712 and HB 1813, OGSR/Eminent Domain Records
S. Commerce Committee; H. State Administration Committee

  • CS/SB 712 PASSED the Legislature, HB 1813 was tabled. See CS/SB 712.

HB 717 and SB 1216, Campaign Finance Disclosure Reports
Rep. Yolly Roberson (D-North Miami); Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • HB 717 died in committee; SB 1216 was withdrawn from consideration.

CS/HB 741 and SB 2492, Identity Theft/Criminal Use of Personal Information
Rep. Leslie Waters (R-St. Petersburg); Sen. J.D. Alexander (R-Lake Wales)

  • CS/HB 741 passed the House and died in S. committee; SB 2492 died in committee.

CS/HB 891 and SB 1774, Sexual Predators
Rep. John Quiñones (R-Kissimmee); Sen. Alex Villalobos (R-Miami)

  • CS/HB 891 was tabled; SB 1774 PASSED the Legislature. See SB 1774.

HB 969 and SB 2476, Expunction/Arrest Records
Rep. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness); Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne)

  • HB 969 died on H. Calendar; SB 2479 died in committee.

CS/HB 1031 and SB 1626, Exemption/Archival Material
Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami Beach); Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Dania Beach)

  • CS/HB 1031 was tabled; SB 1626 PASSED the Legislature. See SB 1626.

CS/HB 1041 and CS/SB 2290, Exemption/Financial Services Department
Rep. Will Kendrick (D-Carrabelle); Sen. Charlie Clary (R-Destin)

  • CS/HB 1041 died in committee; CS/SB 2290 died in committee.

HB 1075 and CS/SB 1154, Health Practitioner Data Base
Rep. Don Sullivan (R-Largo); Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview)

  • HB 1075 died in committee; CS/SB 1154 passed the Senate and died in H. Messages.

SB 1084, Unsolicited SPAM
Sen. Steven Geller (D-Hallandale Beach)

  • SB 1084 died in committee.

HB 1147 and CS/SB 1678, Ch. 119 Reorganization
H. State Administration Committee; S. Governmental Oversight & Productivity Committee

  • HB 1147 was tabled; CS/SB 1678 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 1678.

CS/SB 1162 and HB 1783, OGSR/911 Wireless Communication
S. Communication & Public Utilities Committee; H. State Administration Committee

  • CS/SB 1162 PASSED the Legislature; HB 1783 was tabled. See CS/SB 1162.

HB 1189 and SB 2684, Privacy/Computerized Personal Information
Rep. David Rivera (R-Miami); Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • HB 1189 died in committee; SB 2684 died in committee.

SB 1222 Exemption/Social Security Numbers
S. Finance & Tax Committee

  • SB 1222 died in committee.

HB 1281 and SB 2180, Exemption/Home Addresses – Local Government Attorneys
Rep. Christopher Smith (D-Ft. Lauderdale); Sen. Steven Geller (D-Hallandale Beach)

  • HB 1281 passed the House and died in S. committee; SB 2180 died in committee.

CS/HB 1345 and CS/SB 2496, Exemption/Military Installations
Rep. Ken Sorenson (R-Tavernier); Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • CS/HB 1345 was tabled; CS/SB 2496 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 2496.

HB 1347 Exemption/Prescription Drug Records
Rep. Yolly Roberson (D-North Miami)

  • HB 1347 died in committee.

CS/SB 1460 and HB 1925, Exemption/Home Addresses – Crime Lab Employees
Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac); H. Public Safety & Crime Prevention Committee

  • CS/SB 1460 died in committee; HB 1925 passed the House and died in S. committee.

SB 1648, Reports/Aquifer & Recovery Wells
Sen. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

  • SB 1648 died in committee.

SB 1660, Exemption/Stroke Treatment Centers
Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • SB 1660 died in committee.

HB 1691 Exemption/Audit Workpapers
Rep. David Rivera (R-Miami)

  • HB 1691 FAILED to receive the constitutionally-required two-thirds votes of the House membership. FAILED

CS/HB 1715 and CS/SB 2428, Exemption/Investigations – Commercial Collection Agencies
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Palm Harbor); Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • CS/HB 1715 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 2428 passed the Senate and died on H. Calendar.

HB 1737 and CS/SB 2008, Exemption/Motor Vehicle Records
H. Transportation Committee; Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg)

  • HB 1737 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 2008 was tabled. See HB 1737.

CS/HB 1761 and CS/SB 2826, Exemption/DOR – Insurance Records
H. Future of Florida’s Families Committee; Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach)

  • CS/HB 1761 was tabled; CS/SB 2826 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 2826.

CS/HB 1765 and CS/SB 1970, Mediation Alternatives
H. Judiciary Committee; Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • CS/HB 1765 was tabled; CS/SB 1970 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 1970.

CS/HB 1833 and CS/SB 2158, Exemption/Surplus State-Owned Land
H. Natural Resources Committee; Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • CS/HB 1833 PASSED the Legislature; CS/SB 2158 was tabled. See CS/HB 1833.

HB 1889, Exemption/Proprietary Business Information
H. State Administration Committee

  • HB 1889 died on H. Calendar.

HB 1969 and CS/SB 2704, Exemption/Identity of Children
H. Public Safety & Crime Prevention Committee; Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

  • HB 1969 died on H. Calendar; CS/SB 2704 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 2704.

SB 1972, Exemption/Mediation Proceedings
Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)

  • SB 1972 died in committee.

HB 1973 and CS/SB 3006, Exemption/Electronic Filings
H. Procedures Committee; Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg)

  • HB 1973 was tabled; CS/SB 3006 PASSED the Legislature. See CS/SB 3006.

SB 2036, Exemption/Sealed Investigative Reports
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville)

  • SB 2036 died in committee.

SB 2062, Child Advocacy Center Records
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville)

  • SB 2062 died in committee.

SB 2116 Exemption/Child Development Centers
S. Commerce Committee

  • SB 2116 died in committee.

SB 2146 Exemption/Prekindergarten Programs
Sen. Lisa Carlton (R-Osprey)

  • SB 2146 died in committee.

CS/SB 2190, Exemption/Energy Technology Center
Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton)

  • CS/SB 2190 died in committee.

SB 2252 Expunction/Criminal History Records
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville)

  • SB 2252 died in committee.

SB 2370, Exemption/Cellular Telephone Records
Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • SB 2370 died in committee.

CS/SB 2416, Exemption/Investigations – Florida Consumer Finance Act
Sen. Jim Sebesta (R-St. Petersburg)

  • CS/SB 2416 died in committee.

SB 2436, Exemption/Home Addresses – Juvenile Probation Officers
Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • SB 2436 died in committee.

SB 2526, Exemption/Seaports – Background Checks
Sen. Tony Hill (R-Jacksonville)

  • SB 2526 died in committee.

SB 2950 Enterprise Florida
Sen. Rudy Garcia (R-Hialeah)

  • SB 2950 died in committee.

SB 3060 Court Records/Chips Shore Memorial Act
Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton)

  • SB 3060 died in committee.

OPEN GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED IN 2004 SESSION

  1. CS/HB 155, Exemption/Firearm Records: As amended, prohibits government agencies and private persons from keeping any list, record, or registry of privately owned firearms. Stipulates that the prohibition does not apply to records relating to firearms which have been used in the commission of a crime, persons who have been convicted of a crime, stolen firearms, or records which must be retained by firearm dealers under federal law, but stipulates that a government agency or any other person cannot accumulate, compile, computerize, or otherwise collect or convert such written records into any form of list, registry, or database for any purpose. Also exempts membership lists of organizations comprised of firearm owners from the ban on record keeping. Requires destruction of certain records within specified periods of time. Stipulates that a violation, whether intentional or not, of the prohibition constitutes a third degree felony and that any governmental agency violating the prohibition will be subject to a fine of up to $5 million if the prohibited record was compiled or maintained with the “knowledge or complicity of the management of the governmental” agency. Finally, requires destruction of any existing list, record, or registry within 60 days of the act becoming law. Rep. Lindsay Harrington (R-Punta Gorda) 🙁
    Passed the House by a final vote of 86/32; passed the Senate by a vote of 29/9.
  2. CS/SB 204 Burial Rights/Purchase Records: Allows a person who purchases a burial right to permanently record the purchase with the clerk of the court in the county where the right is located. Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  3. CS/HB 317, Exemption/Blueprints and Building Plans: Creates a public record exemption for building plans, blueprints, schematic drawings and diagrams, including drafts and preliminary formats, which depict the internal or external layout or structural elements of an attractions and recreation facility, entertainment/resort complex, industrial complex, retail and service development, office development, and hotel or motel development. Provides definitions. Allows disclosure of the exempt records upon showing of good cause and court order. Stipulates that the exemption does not apply to comprehensive plans or site plans, or amendments to such plans, under local land development regulations, local zoning regulations, or development-of-regional impact review. Applies retroactively. Rep. Ron Reagan (R-Sarasota)
    Passed the House 113/3; passed the Senate 39/1. Approved by the Governor. Ch. No. 2004-9.
  4. CS/SB 348, Exemption/Home Addresses – US Attorneys & Social Security Numbers: Creates a public record exemption for the home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, and photographs of current or former U.S. attorneys, assistant U.S. attorneys, and current or former U.S. judges. Also creates an exemption for the home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, photographs, and places of employment for the spouses and children of such attorneys and judges, and the names and locations of the schools and day care facilities attended by their children. Amended in the final days of session to also exempt the social security numbers of all government employees if the employees make a written request. Allows access to the last four digits of such numbers by commercial entities. Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview) 🙁
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  5. CS/SB 464, OGSR/Home Addresses – Hospital Employees: Amends s. 395.3025, F.S., providing a public record exemption for the home address, telephone number, social security number, and photograph of an employee of any licensed health care facility providing direct patient care or security services, by deleting the exemption for social security numbers and photographs. Also amends a similar exemption for any employee of a licensed health care facility if the employee has “a reasonable belief that release of the information may be used to threaten, intimidate, harass, inflict violence upon, or defraud the employee or any member of the employee’s family,” based upon specific circumstances that have been reported in accordance with procedures adopted by the health care facility, and the employee submits a written request for confidentiality. S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  6. CS/SB 466, OGSR/Statewide Guardianship Office: Reenacts, without modification, cthe public record exemption for all records held by the Statewide Public Guardianship Office relating to the medical, financial, or mental health of elderly persons, disabled adults, or persons with a mental illness under s. 744.7081, F.S. S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  7. SB 468, OGSR/Hospital Board Meetings: Reenacts, without modification, the exemption for portions of a public hospital governing board meeting at which exempt written strategic plans are discussed, reported on, modified, or approved. S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  8. HB 635, Exemption/Kid Recreation Programs: As amended, creates a public record exemption for any information that would identify or help locate children participating in government-sponsored recreation programs or camps. Allows access upon a showing of good cause and court order. Applies retroactively. Rep. Shelley Vana (D-West Palm Beach)
    Passed the House unanimously; passed the Senate 38/1.
  9. SB 674, OGSR/Home Medical Equipment Suppliers: Narrows and reenacts the public record exemption in s. 400.945, F.S., allowing an exemption for medical and personal identifying information about patients of a licensed home medical equipment provider obtained by the Agency for Health Care Administration through reports or inspection. S. Health, Aging & Long-Term Care
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  10. CS/SB 702, Exemption/Patient Safety Data: As amended, CS/SB 702 creates a public record exemption for (1) patient identifying information contained in patient safety data or in other records held by the Florida Patient Safety Corporation; (2) information identifying the person or entity who reports such data; and (3) any information that would identify a health care practitioner or health care facility contained in such records. Allows access to such information under certain, specified conditions. Also creates a public meetings exemption for those portions of meetings held by the FPSC during which exempt information is discussed. S. Governmental Oversight & Productivity Committee; Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples) 🙁
    Passed the Senate 33/5; failed to pass the House 72/43; passed the House on reconsideration 80/38.
  11. CS/SB 712, OGSR/Eminent Domain Records: Reenacts the exemption in s. 73.0155, F.S., for business records provided by the owner of a business to a governmental condemning authority as part of an offer of business damages pursuant to an eminent domain proceeding, stipulating the specific information that is subject to the exemption. As amended, the following records would be exempt: confidential federal tax returns and tax information; confidential state tax returns and tax information; balance sheets, profit-and-loss statements, cash-flow statements, inventory records, or customer lists; franchise, distributorship, or lease agreements; materials relating to methods of manufacture or production, potential trade secrets, patentable material, or actual trade secrets; and sensitive or proprietary business information under certain, specified conditions. Stipulates that the exemption expires if the information is publicly disclosed for any reason. Allows public employees access to the exempt information if needed for performance of public duties. S. Commerce Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  12. HB 951, Exemption/Human & Machine Cognition Institute: Creates a public record exemption for material relating to methods of manufacture or production, potential trade secrets, patentable material, actual trade secrets, or other proprietary information received, generated, ascertained, or discovered during research by or through the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Also exempts business transactions resulting from such research, the identity of any donor or prospective donor wishing to remain anonymous, and information received by the Institute that is otherwise confidential or exempt. Creates an exemption for portions of meetings at which confidential information is presented or discussed. H. State Administration Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  13. CS/SB 1162, OGSR/911 Wireless Communication: Reenacts, and narrows, the public record exemption for proprietary business information, including trade secrets, the name and billing addresses of service subscribers, and individual or aggregate customer data, usage and capacity data, and network facilities used to serve subscribers submitted by a wireless communications service provider to the Department of Management Services under s. 365.174, F.S. S. Communication and Public Utilities Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  14. SB 1626, Exemption/Archival Material: Creates a public record exemption for archival material donated to a city or county official archive if the conditions under which the material was donated limit the right to inspect or copy such material and the material is not otherwise subject to disclosure under Florida’s public records law. Stipulates that the material becomes public 50 years after the donation or upon a showing of good cause before a court. Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami Beach)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  15. CS/SB 1678, Ch. 119 Reorganization: Makes various changes to public record requirements, including: (1) minor amendments to various statutes relating to retention of records; (2) creation of s. 39.2021, F.S., allowing a person or organization to petition the court for release of child abuse records held by the Department of Children & Family Services; (3) reorganization of chapter 119, F.S., Florida’s Public Records Law, deleting redundant provisions, grouping together similar topics, adding a definition of “redact”, and streamlining and organizing the chapter in a more logical fashion; and (4) making minor technical corrections to statutory references. S. Governmental Oversight & Productivity Committee DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  16. HB 1737, Exemption/Motor Vehicle Records: Amends s. 119.07(3)(aa), F.S., to create a public record exemption for all personal identifying information contained in a motor vehicle record unless the subject of the affirmatively elects to make his or her record subject to public disclosure. Allows access to the exempt information to various persons or entities. Also prohibits the use of the information lawfully obtained for mass commercial solicitation of clients for litigation against motor vehicle dealers. Similar to SB 2008. H. Transportation Committee 🙁
    Passed the House 105/6; passed the Senate unanimously.
  17. SB 1774, Sexual Predators: Requires government agencies to search the sexual predators and sexual offenders database maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement before appointing or employing a person to work at any park, playground, day care center, or other place where children regularly congregate. Stipulates that the requirement for background checks does not apply to those positions or appointments for which a state and national criminal history background check is conducted. Sen. Alex Villalobos DOES NOT CREATE AN EXMEPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  18. CS/HB 1833, Exemption/Surplus State-Owned Land: Creates a public record exemption for written valuations of surplus state-owned land, and related documents used to form the valuation or which discuss the valuation. Stipulates that the records become public two weeks before a contract or agreement regarding surplus land purchase, exchange, or disposal is to be considered for approval by the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund. Allows disclosure by the Division of State Lands of appraisals, valuations, or valuation information about surplus land during negotiations for the sale or exchange of the land, during the marketing effort or bidding process associated with the sale, disposal, or exchange of the land, when the conclusions of value are no longer valid due to the passage of time, or when negotiations or marketing efforts are concluded. H. Natural Resources Committee
    Passed the House unanimously; passed the Senate 39/1.
  19. CS/SB 1970, Mediation Alternatives: As amended, in pertinent part amends s. 44.201, F.S., providing confidentiality of court-ordered mediation communications, whether oral or written. Creates the Mediation Confidentiality and Privilege Act, prohibiting a mediation participant from disclosing a mediation communication to any person other than those participating in the mediation. Stipulates that a signed written agreement reached during mediation is not confidential unless the parties agree otherwise, or under other specified circumstances. Sen. Skip Campbell (D-Tamarac)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  20. CS/SB 2496, Exemption/Military Installations: Creates a public record exemption for information held by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Base Realignment and Closure or the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development, including materials relating to: (1) strengths and weaknesses of military installations or military missions in Florida relative to the selection criteria for the realignment and closure of military bases and missions under the U.S. Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure 2005 process; (2) strengths and weaknesses of military installations or missions in other states and their vulnerability, and any agreements or proposals to relocate or realign military units and missions from other states; and (3) the state’s strategy to retain its military bases during the 2005 closure process and any agreements or proposals to relocate or realign military units and missions. Also creates an exemption for Council meetings or portions of meetings at which exempt information is presented or discussed, as well as all records generated during the closed meetings. Specifies that the exemption automatically repeals on May 31, 2006. Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  21. CS/SB 2704, Exemption/Identity of Children: Creates a public record exemption for personal identifying information of a child or the child’s parent or guardian held by a children’s services council, juvenile welfare board, and their service providers. Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  22. CS/SB 2826, Exemption/DOR – Insurance Records: As amended, creates a public record exemption for information obtained by DOR pursuant to insurance data exchanged for the purpose of providing for the identification of settlement payments on insurance liability claims which will then be used by DOR to match claimants against those who owe child support. Stipulates that the information is exempt only until such time as DOR determines whether a match exists. Further stipulates that if a match exists, the information becomes available for public disclosure; if a match does not exist, then the non-match information must be destroyed. Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach)
    Passed the Senate unanimously; passed the House 108/6.
  23. CS/SB 3006, Exemption/Electronic Filings: Creates a public record exemption for all user identifications and passwords held by the Department of State for limiting access to the electronic filing system for campaign treasurer’s reports. Also exempts all records, reports, and files stored in the electronic filing system until the campaign treasurer’s report has been submitted as a filed report. Sen. Anna Cowin (R-Leesburg)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.

NOTE: The substantive bill, CS/SB 3004, creating the process by which campaign finance reports can be filed electronically failed to pass.

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