2007 Legislative Report For Period Ending March 16

SB 186 Exemption/Domestic Violence – State Employees:

Creates a public records exemption for personal identifying information contained in records documenting an act of domestic violence that is submitted to an agency by an agency employee. Also exempts written requests for leave submitted by an agency employee and agency time sheets reflecting such requests until one year after the leave has been taken. Similar to HB 63. Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • S. Commerce Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

HB 457 Patient’s Right-to-Know Act:

In pertinent part, stipulates that information concerning nursing home care for patients be made available to the public. Similar to SB 884. Rep. Kelly Skidmore (D-Boca Raton)

  • H. Health Innovation Committee: Workshopped. Now in H. Health Innovation.

SB 830 Driver History Records:

Amends s. 119.0712(2), F.S., the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, to further restrict disclosure of a person’s identification card number, social security number, photograph, medical disability information, and emergency contact information. Similar to HB 1545. Sen. Carey Baker (R-Eustis)

  • S. Transportation Committee: A strike-all amendment was adopted. Reported favorably as a committee substitute. In pertinent part, CS/SB 830 stipulates that personal information contained in a motor vehicle record that identifies an individual is confidential and exempt. Also stipulates that personal identification information includes an individual’s social security number, driver identification number or identification card information, medical or disability information, and emergency contact information. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

HB 853 Exemption/Historic St. Augustine – Donors:

Creates a public records exemption for the identity of a donor or prospective donor to the historic preservation of St. Augustine if the donor or prospective donor wishes to remain anonymous. Similar to SB 2406. Rep. Bill Proctor (R-St. Augustine)

  • H. Tourism and Trade Committee: Reported favorably. Now in H. Economic Expansion.

SB 1034 Exemption/Shell Bill:

Expresses legislative intent to create a public records and meetings exemption. Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) šŸ™

  • S. Health Regulation Committee: A strike-all amendment was adopted. Reported favorably as a committee substitute. In pertinent part, provides a public records exemption for all personal identifying information contained in records provided by physicians license under chapter 458 or chapter 459 of the Florida Statutes, in response to physician workforce surveys required as a condition of license renewal and held by the Department of Health. Such information may be released under certain circumstances. Now in S. Health Regulation.

HB 1117 Fraudulent Use of Personal Info:

Amends s. 817.568, F.S., allowing for an enhanced penalty for fraudulent use of personal identification information relating to individuals 65 years of age or older without consent. Prohibits willfully possessing sensitive personal information of another without that person’s consent. Provides criminal penalties. Similar to SB 2184. Rep. John Legg (R-Port Richey)

  • H. Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee: Temporarily deferred.

HB 1123 Exemption/Fla. Health Info. Network:

Creates a public records exemption for patient medical and health records, trade secrets, and certain other information held by the Florida Health Information Network Corporation. Similar to SB 2252 and SB 2350. Rep. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring)

  • H. Health Quality Committee: Reported favorably. Now in H. Healthcare Council.

HB 1159 Use of Name/Armed Forces:

Prohibits the use of a name or image of a member of the armed forces for the purpose of trade or for any commercial or advertising purpose. Provides certain exceptions.Similar to SB 116. Rep. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring)

  • H. Military & Veterans’ Affairs Committee: Temporarily deferred.

SB 1350 Exemption/Organ & Tissue Donation:

In pertinent part, stipulates that the Florida Coalition on Donation, a private non-profit organization providing education and helping to coordinate the statewide organ and tissue donation program, does not perform a public function. Further stipulates that only those meetings of the coalition board at which expenditure of public funds is discussed will be open to the public. Specifically states that all other meetings of the board will not be open under Florida’s Sunshine Law. Similar to HB 455. Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville) šŸ™

  • S. Health Policy Committee: An amendment making substantive changes was adopted. Reported favorably as a committee substitute. In pertinent part, the amendment stipulates that the records and meetings of the Florida Coalition on Donation open to the public in accordance with s. 119.07(1), F.S., s. 286.011, F.S., and s.24, Art. I of the state constitution, unless otherwise made exempt by law. Now in S. Health Policy.

SB 1452 OGSR/Public Service Tax:

Repeals s. 166.236, F.S., providing an exemption for information received by a taxing authority or its agent in connection with an audit of public service taxes collected by a telecommunications service provider. S. Communications and Public Utilities Committee

  • S. Communications and Public Utilities Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

SB 1848 OGSR/Abandoned Property Records:

Reenacts and amends s. 717.117, F.S., providing an exemption for social security numbers and financial account numbers in reports to the Department of Financial Services of abandoned or unclaimed property. As amended, exempts social security numbers, insurance policy numbers, investment account numbers, pension and profit-sharing account numbers, patient account numbers, utility account numbers, customer account numbers, and wage, payroll, and salary account numbers. S. Banking and Insurance Committee

  • S. Banking and Insurance Committee: An amendment making substantive changes was adopted. Reported favorably as a committee substitute. In pertinent part, the amendment stipulates that socials security numbers and property identifiers contained in reports to the Department of Financial Services of abandoned or unclaimed property or confidential and exempt. Now in S. Banking.

SB 1852 OGSR/DOI – Personal Financial and Identifying Information:

Amends and slightly expands the exemption is s. 624.23, F.S., for personal financial and health information of a consumer held by the Department of Insurance (DOI) or its service providers. As amended, exempts personal financial and health information held by DOI and the Department of Financial Services relating to a consumer’s complaint or inquiry regarding matters regulated under the Florida Insurance Code. Provides a definition of “personal financial and health information.” S. Banking and Insurance Committee

  • S. Banking and Insurance Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

SB 1950 OGSR/Abandoned Newborns:

Reenacts with minor technical modification the exemption in s. 383.51, F.S., for the identity of parents leaving newborn infants at hospitals, fire stations, or emergency medical services stations. S. Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee

  • S. Children and Families Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

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