2008 Legislative Report For Period Ending April 11

CS/SB 392 Agency Spending Disclosures:

Requires all local governments with a website to post information about contracts over $5,000 on the website and, to the extent possible, to provide a link to an electronic copy of such contracts. Requires the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to develop a uniform format to be used by each local government when posting contract information, stipulating that the format must include: (1) the name of the local government; (2) the name of the corporation or individual who is a party to the contract; (3) the date and the amount of the contract; (4) the purpose of the contract; and (5) basic expenditure categories reported by local governments in annual financial reports submitted to DFS. Finally, requires the Executive Office of the Governor to develop and maintain a portal linking to the DFS state agency contract expenditures report and stipulates that each state agency, to the extent possible, provide a link to an electronic copy of all contracts over $5,000. Similar to HB 181. Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon) πŸ™‚

  • S. Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committee: Reported favorably; now on S. Special Order Calendar.

CS/HB 605 Exploited Children:

In pertinent part, amends current law to stipulate that the state may use a pseudonym instead of the victim’s name to designate the victim of any crime involving child pornography. Similar to SB 1442. Rep. David Rivera (R- Miami)

  • H. Policy & Budget Council: Amended in pertinent part to stipulate that a pseudonym can be use to identify the victim of any crime involving child pornography at the victim’s request. Reported favorably as a council substitute. Now on H. Calendar.

CS/HB 637 Electronic Health Records:

In pertinent part, amends s. 395.3025, F.S., to facilitate electronic exchange of data between health care facilities, practitioners, and providers and attending physicians. Similar to SB 1998. Rep. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) WATCH

  • H. Policy & Budget Council: Two minor amendments are adopted; reported favorably as a council substitute. Now on H. Calendar.

HB 639 Exemption/Addresses and Phone Numbers – Judicial Officials:

Amends s. 119.071(4), F.S., creating a public record exemption for the home addresses and telephone numbers of general magistrates and child support enforcement hearing officers, the home addresses, telephone numbers, and places of employment for their spouses and children, and the name and location of school and day care facilities of the children of such of such personnel if the magistrate or officer provides a written statement that reasonable efforts have been made to protect such information from being accessible through other means available to the public. Similar to SB 766. Rep. Anitere Flores (R-Miami)

  • H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council: A lengthy amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a council substitute. As amended, CS/HB 639 creates a public record exemption for the home addresses and telephone numbers of general magistrates, child support enforcement hearing officers, judges of compensation claims, and administrative law judges of the Division of Administrative hearings the home addresses, telephone numbers, the places of employment for their spouses and children, and the name and location of school and day care facilities of their children if the magistrate, officer, or judge provides a written statement that he or she has made reasonable efforts to protect such information from being accessible through other means available to the public. Now on H. Calendar.

HB 991 Voice of the People Act:

Creates the “Vox Populi – Voice of the People Act,” requiring local governments to (1) treat citizens with respect and dignity; (2) provide citizens with an opportunity to speak on both agenda and non-agenda items at all public meetings, including workshops; (3) allow citizens to place an item on the agenda by requesting such in writing; (4) allow citizens to remove an item from the consent agenda; and (5) provide citizens with an opportunity to speak during a public hearing. Finally, (6) requires all local governments to adopt written public participation policies. Similar to SB 2276. Rep. Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange) πŸ™‚

  • H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council: An amendment allowing local governments to opt-out of the public participation requirements upon adoption of a written public participation policy at a public workshop is adopted; reported favorably as a council substitute. Now on H. Calendar.

HB 1061 Ad Valorem Tax Data:

Amends s.195.052, F.S., requiring the Department of Revenue (1) to conduct research and maintain accurate tabulations of ad valorem tax data; (2) to stipulate what data must be collected; and (3) to require that the data be published on the department’s website. Similar to SB 822. Rep. Jack Seiler (D-Pompano Beach) πŸ™‚

  • H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council: Reported favorably. Now in H. Policy & Budget Council.

HB 1467 Confidential Records/DCFS:

In pertinent part, requires the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to maintain a complete and accurate case file of every child under its supervision or custody. Provides that every child under the supervision or custody of DCFS be provided with a complete and accurate copy of his or her entire case file, at no cost, upon the request of the child or the child’s representative. Similar to SB 2762. Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Zephyrhills) πŸ™‚

  • H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council: Two amendments, generally technical in nature, are adopted. Reported favorably as a council substitute. Now on H. Calendar.

SB 2574 Exemption/Sexual Violence Victims:

Expands the public record exemption under s. 741.313(7)(a), F.S., for personal identifying information contained in written requests for leave that document acts of domestic violence to also exempt acts of sexual violence. Similar to HB 1141. Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

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

CS/SB 2762 Confidential Records/DCFS:

In pertinent part, requires the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to maintain a complete and accurate case file of every child under its supervision or custody. Provides that every child under the supervision or custody of DCFS be provided with a complete and accurate copy of his or her entire case file, at no cost, upon the request of the child or the child’s representative. Allows DCFS to release investigative records if the department secretary determines that disclosure of such records is in the public interest and that the public interest outweighs any privacy interests contained in the records. Finally, allows release of DCFS records upon motion of a court and a showing of good cause by any person or organization. Similar to HB 1467. Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) πŸ™‚

  • S. Judiciary Committee: Three amendments, mostly technical in nature, are adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

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HB 7089 Exemption/Juvenile Criminal History Records:

Creates a public record for a minor’s criminal history record compiled by the Criminal Justice Information Program from intrastate sources. Stipulates that the exemption does not apply to such records if the minor is arrested for or is convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors, regardless of adjudication. Allows access under certain specified circumstances. H. Safety & Security Council πŸ™

HB 7107 OGSR/Photos of Sex Offense Victims:

Reenacts and amends s. 119.071(2)(h), F.S., for criminal intelligence or criminal investigative information that would identify a victim of child abuse or any sexual offense. Also provides an exemption for photographs, videotapes or images of victims of sexual offenses. Finally, stipulates that such information can be disclosed under certain circumstances, including disclosure for print, publication, or broadcast if a law enforcement agency determines that release of the information would help in locating a person who is missing or endangered. Similar to SB 1618. H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

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