2007 Legislative Report For Period Ending March 9

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

HB 153 Ad Valorem Tax Data:

Amends s. 195.052, F.S., requiring the Department of Revenue to annually publish data relating to ad valorem tax data, to stipulate that such data must include the annual percentage increase in total non-voted ad valorem taxes levied by each local taxing authority and information on the distribution of ad valorem taxes levied among the various classifications of property. Similar to 560. Rep. Jack Seiler (D-Pompano Beach) 🙂

  • H. Audit and Performance Committee: Reported favorably. Now in H. Government Efficiency and Accountability Council.

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. Children and Families Committee: A technical amendment is adopted. Reported favorably with the amendment. Now in S. Commerce.

HB 455 Exemption/Organ & Tissue Donation Program:

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 SB 1350. Rep. Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) 🙁

  • H. Health Innovation Committee: An amendment making substantive changes is adopted. Reported favorably with amendment. 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 H. Healthcare Council. 🙂

HB 463 Exemption/High School Drug Tests:

Creates a public records exemption for the results of random drug tests of high school athletes. Similar to SB 2202. Rep. Marcelo Llorente (R-Miami)

  • H. Education & Career Committee: An amendment, making substantive changes is adopted. Reported favorably with recommended council substitute. The amendment provides that records relating to drug tests and to challenges and appeals of drug tests are confidential and exempt from public records requirements. Further, the amendment provides for disclosure of such records to certain persons. Additionally, stipulates that the portions of a meeting at which confidential and exempt records are discussed or presented are exempt from public meetings requirements. Now in H. Education & Career Committee.

w HB 717 Sealing Criminal Records:

Amends s. 943.059, F.S., relating to the court-ordered sealing of criminal history records, to provide requirements for sealing criminal history records relating to “specially sealable misdemeanors.” Rep. Chuck Chestnut (D-Gainesville)

House: Withdrawn from consideration.

SB 816 OGSR/Law Enforcement Transmittal Letters:

Reenacts with some modification the public records exemption in s. 119.071(2)(c)2., F.S., for requests made by a law enforcement agency to inspect or copy a public record in the custody of another agency. As amended, stipulates that the exempt is retroactive. S. Criminal Justice Committee

  • S. Criminal Justice Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

SB 886 OGSR/Building Plans:

Reenacts with minor technical modification the public exemption in s. 119.071(3)(b), F.S., for building plans, blueprints, schematics drawings, and diagrams which depict the internal layout and structural elements of a building, arena, stadium, water treatment facility, or other structure owned or operated by an agency. S. Committee on Military Affairs and Domestic Security

  • S. Military Affairs and Domestic Security Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

SB 950 Exemption/Agency Medical Records:

Creates a public record exemption for medical records held by an agency. Defines “medical record” as any patient-specific record created by a health care practitioner for the purpose of diagnosing or treating an illness. S. Health Care Committee

  • S. Health Policy: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

SB 1182 Exemption/Economic Development Agencies:

Amends s. 288.075, F.S., allowing an exemption for certain records of an economic development agency, to provide a definition of “proprietary confidential business information” and “trade secret.” Expands current law to allow an exemption for such information in perpetuity. Also provides an exemption for economic incentive program information held by an EDA, including the average wage actually paid by a participating business for those jobs created pursuant to the program which is held as evidence of achievement or nonachievement of program requirements. S. Commerce Committee 🙁

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

w SB 1618 Exemption/Contemplated Litigation:

Expands the exemption under s. 286.011(8), F.S., for meetings at which pending litigation is discussed to also include matters which are subject to the notice requirements under s. 768.28, F.S., and for which a lawsuit has not yet been filed and matters about which the governmental entity it contemplating litigation. Stipulates that transcripts of the closed meetings be made public upon the conclusion of the litigation or once the agency determines it will not commence litigation. Similar to HB 825. Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) 🙁

  • Senate: Withdrawn from consideration.

NEW BILLS FILED

SB 116 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 HB 1159. Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) 🙁

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

SB 734 Campaign Financing/Local Government:

Prohibits local government or person acting on behalf of local government from expending public funds to support or oppose an issue, referendum, or amendment that is subject to a vote of the electors. Provides certain limited exceptions. Sen. Charlie Justice (D- St. Petersburg) WATCH

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) 🙁

HB 1123 Exemption/Fla. Health Info. Network:

Creates a public record 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)

HB 1159 Use of Name/Armed Forces:

Similar to SB 116. Rep. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) 🙁

HB 1211 Prohibition/Personal Identifying Information:

Amends s. 817.568 F.S., prohibits obtaining and distributing personal identifying information of an individual without the individual’s permission. Provides criminal penalties. Similar to SB 2268. Rep. William Proctor (R-St. Augustine) 🙁

HB 1213 Exemption/Personal Identification Information:

Creates a public records exemption for any record that contains personal identification information. Stipulates that personal identification information should remain private, even when collected legally. Provides that personal identification information includes information such as a name, postal or e-mail address, telephone number, and date of birth. Provides certain exceptions: when an individual authorizes release of his or her information; records shared between agencies; records distributed pursuant to chapter 943; and official records as defined by s. 28.001, F.S.. Similar to HB 2818. Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Ft. Lauderdale) and Rep. William Proctor (R-St. Augustine) 🙁

HB 1221 Exemption/Sunshine State One-Call:

Creates a public record exemption for proprietary confidential business information held by Sunshine State One-Call for the purpose of describing the extent and root cause of damage to an underground facility or using the member ticket management software system. Stipulates that such information will be exempt from public disclosure only if the information (1) is treated by the company as confidential; (2) would be reasonably likely to be used by a competitor to harm the business interests of the company; and (3) is not otherwise readily ascertainable or public available “by proper means by other persons from another source in the same configuration as requested by the local government entity.” Similar to SB 1510. Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Zephyrhills)

HB 1323 Juvenile Records:

Requires clerks of court to submit juvenile arrest records to FDLE. Provides fingerprints and photographs of certain juveniles be taken for investigative purposes. Similar to SB 2190. Rep. Perry Thurston (D-Ft. Lauderdale)

HB 1337 Exemption/Fla. Atlantic Univ. – Hospital Sublessees:

Creates public record exemption for proprietary business information of the hospital lessee. Includes lessee information relating to internal auditing, privileged attorney-client communications, bids and other contractual data, corporate officer and employee personnel information, meetings minutes, plans for marketing services, trade secrets, and certain donor information. Provides public meetings exemption for meetings of the board of directors of the lessee relating to discussions on the operation and funding of the hospital.Similar to SB 2390. Sen. Adam Hasner (R- Del Ray Beach)

HB 1405 Exemption/Historic Landmarks – Donors:

Creates a public records exemption for the name and information that identifies potential or actual donor of funds to any publicly owned house museum that is designated by the U.S. Dept. of Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Also creates a an exemption for portions of meetings at which such information is presented or discussed. Rep. Edward Bullard (D-Miami)

HB 1425 Child Abuse Reporting:

Requires health care practitioners and other specified agencies and agency personnel to report a pregnancy of a child under 16 years of age to certain law enforcement agencies under certain circumstances. Similar to SB 2546. Rep. Dennis Baxley WATCH

HB 1523 Exemption/SURE Venture Commercialization, Inc.:

Creates a public records exemption for records relating to proprietary business information relating to state university research projects held by SURE Venture Commercialization, Inc. Also creates an exemption for portions of meetings of the board during which exempt information is presented or discussed. Allows limited disclosure under certain specified conditions. Similar to SB 2416. Rep. Gayle Harrell (D-Port St. Lucie)

HB 1527 Exemption/SURE Venture Capital Fund:

Creates a public records exemption for records relating to proprietary business information related to state-supported research projects held by the SURE Venture Capital Fund and the Institute for Commercialization of Public Research. Also creates an exemption for portions of meetings of the board during which exempt information is presented or discussed. Allows limited disclosure under certain specified conditions. Similar to SB 2422. Rep. Gayle Harrell (D-Port St. Lucie)

HB 1545 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 SB 830. Rep. Greg Evers (R-Milton)

SB 2156 Ex-offender Reports:

Requires state agencies to submit to legislative officers and committees reports that state current restrictions on employment of ex-offenders and public safety alternatives. Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens) WATCH

SB 2158 Criminal Records/Minors:

Requires FDLE to notify certain specified agencies of any records of a minor which are expunged. Further requires that any criminal history record that is expunged under this section must be physically destroyed or obliterated by any criminal justice agency that has custody of the record, except those criminal history records held by the department must be retained in all cases. Prohibits expunging on certain records. Prohibits sealing of certain records. Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens)

SB 2164 Voting Systems:

Stipulates that all electronic voting systems approved by the Department of State must produce (1) a voter-verifiable paper record suitable for a manual audit and (2) a permanent paper record made available for inspection and verification by the voter at the time the vote is cast. (3) requires that the voter be provided an opportunity to correct any error made by the system before the permanent record is preserved for use in any manual audit. Finally, requires voting by marksense ballots or by direct recording electronic voting method and that each polling place have at least one accessible voter interface device. Sen. J. Alex Villalobos (R-Miami) 🙂

SB 2184 Fraudulent Use of Personal Info:

Similar to HB 1117. Sen. Mike Fasano (R- New Port Richey) 🙁

SB 2190 Juvenile Records:

Requires clerks of court to submit juvenile arrest records to FDLE. Provides fingerprints and photographs of certain juveniles be taken for investigative purposes. Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens)

SB 2202 Exemption/High School Drug Tests:

Similar to HB 463. Sen. J. Alex Villalobos (R-Miami)

SB 2242 Voting Systems:

Stipulates that all electronic voting systems approved by the Department of State must produce (1) a voter-verifiable paper record suitable for a manual audit and (2) a permanent paper record made available for inspection and verification by the voter at the time the vote is cast. Finally, requires that the voter be provided an opportunity to correct any error made by the system before the permanent record is preserved for use in any manual audit. Similar to HB 43. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate) 🙂

SB 2252 Exemption/Fla. Health Information Network:

Similar to HB 1123 and SB 2350. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)

SB 2268 Prohibition/Personal Identifying Information:

Similar to HB 1211. Sen. Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville) 🙁

SB 2308 Exemption/Juvenile Blood Tests:

Amends s. 985.1351 F.S., providing a public record exemption for serologic blood test results for juveniles under the supervision of DJJ. Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami)

SB 2350 Exemption/Fla. Health Info. Network:

Similar to HB 1123 and SB 2252. Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

SB 2390 Exemption/Fla. Atlantic Univ. – Hospital Sublessees:

Similar to HB 1337. Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

SB 2406 Exemption/Historic St. Augustine – Donors:

Creates a public record 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 HB 853. Sen. James King (R- Jacksonville)

SB 2416 Exemption/SURE Venture Commercialization, Inc.:

Similar to HB 1523. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)

SB 2422 Exemption/SURE Venture Capital Fund:

Similar to HB 1527. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)

SB 2510 Exemption/Ethics Cmsn. Investigators:

Creates an exemption from public records for identifying and locating information of current or former investigators of the Commission on Ethics & Public Trust. Sen. Alex Villalobos (R-Miami) 🙁

SB 2546 Child Abuse Reporting:

Similar to HB 1425. Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon)

SB 2612 Exemption/Florida Opportunity Fund:

Creates a public record exemption for proprietary confidential business information concerning alternative investments of the Florida Opportunity Fund. Stipulates that the exemption applies only if the person submitting the information provides a verified written declaration that (1) identifies the proprietary confidential business information within the record submitted; (2) certifies that asserted trade secrets meet the statutory definition; (3) certifies that the identified information is intended to be and is treated as private and is not readily ascertainable or publicly available from any other source; and (4) certifies that the disclosure of the identified information would harm the business interests of the person submitting the information. Allows access by court order and a showing of good cause. Similar to HB 131. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)

SB 2624 Exemption/Public Hospital CEOs:

Creates a public record exemption for the name of a candidate or nominee for the position of chief executive officer or designated corporate officer of a public hospital in the possession of a search committee for the purpose of selecting candidates or nominees, as well as all records or information that would reveal the identity of a candidate or nominee until the list of candidates or nominees is given to the hospital governing board. Also exempts any meeting or portion of a meeting of a search committee at which information concerning such candidates or nominees is presented or discussed. Similar to HB 467. Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville) 🙁

SB 2706 Exemption/Public Seaport Authorities:

Creates an exemption for portions of meetings of a governing board of a public seaport authority at which active criminal investigative or active criminal intelligence information is discussed. Provides an audio or video recording must be made and no portion of the closed meeting shall be off the record. The recording is exempt until the information ceases to be active or the security plan is no longer in effect. Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon)

SB 2724 Shell Bill/Exemption:

Expresses legislative intent to create a public records exemption. Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Daytona Beach) 🙁

SB 2726 Shell Bill/Exemption:

Expresses legislative intent to create a public records exemption. Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Daytona Beach) 🙁

SB 2772 Exemption/Historic Landmarks – Donors:

Similar to HB 1405. Sen. Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami)

SB 2818 Exemption/Personal Identification Information:

Similar to HB 1213. Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa) 🙁

SB 2870 Prohibition/Publication of Names:

Makes minor modifications to s. 742.09, F.S., stipulating that it is unlawful to publish the name of any of the parties involved in a court proceeding to determine paternity. S. Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs 🙁

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