2008 Legislative Report For Period Ending April 18

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™‚

  • Senate: Passed by a vote of 37/1 (Sen. Oelrich voting no). Now in H. Messages.

CS/HB 863 Exemption/Donors – Department of Veterans’ Affairs:

Creates a public record exemption for information identifying a donor or prospective donor to the direct-support organization of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs if the donor or prospective donor requests anonymity. Also creates an exemption for portions of meetings of the direct-support organization during which the identity of donors or potential donors is discussed. Similar to SB 1464. Rep. Ron Reagan (R-Sarasota)

  • H. Policy & Budget Council: Reported favorably.
  • House: Passed the House unanimously. Now in S. Messages.

HB 965 Exemption/Home Addresses – EMTs and Paramedics:

Creates a public record exemption for the home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, and photographs of active or former certified emergency medical technicians or paramedics; the names, home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, photographs, and places of employment of the spouses and children of such technicians and paramedics; and the names and locations of schools and daycare facilities attended by children of such technicians and paramedics. Similar to SB 1660. Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples) πŸ™

  • H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council: An amendment narrowing the exemption is adopted; reported favorably as a council substitute. As amended, CS/HB 965 creates a public record exemption for the home addresses, telephone numbers, and photographs of active or former certified emergency medical technicians or paramedics; the names, home addresses, telephone numbers, and places of employment of the spouses and children of such technicians and paramedics; and the names and locations of schools and daycare facilities attended by children of such technicians and paramedics. 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. Policy & Budget Council: One minor amendment adopted; reported favorably as a council substitute. Now on H. Calendar.

SB 1090 OGSR/Florida Kidcare:

Reenacts and amends s. 409.821, F.S., providing a public record exemption for personal identifying information of Florida Kidcare program applicants or enrollees, to allow access by the parent or legal guardian of an enrollee. S. Health Policy Committee

  • S. Governmental Operations Committee: One minor amendment adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in S. Rules.

CS/HB 1141 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 SB 2574. Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Davie)

  • H. Policy & Budget Council: Reported favorably; now on H. Calendar.

CS/SB 1442 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 HB 605. Rep. David Rivera (R- Miami)

  • S. Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee: Two amendments relating to child pornography prosecutions and the definition of the crime are adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now on S. Calendar.

HB 1487 Exemption/Organ Donors:

Creates s. 765.5155, F.S., providing for the identification information of donors held in the organ tissue donation registry to be made confidential and exempt. Such information may be disclosed to organ, tissue, and eye procurement organizations that have been certified by the Agency for Health Care Administration. Similar to SB 2610. Rep. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla)

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

CS/SB 1616 Concealed Weapons License Data:

Amends s. 790.065, F.S., authorizing the Department of Law Enforcement to disclose data collected from court records to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for purposes of determining whether the concealed weapons license of a person adjudicated incapacitated or committed to a mental institution should be revoked or suspended. S. Committee on Criminal Justice WATCH

  • Senate: One minor technical amendment adopted on second reading; passed the Senate unanimously as amended. Now in H. Messages.

CS/SB 1630 OGSR/Department of Agriculture/Investigations:

Reenacts with slight modification the public record exemption in s. 500.148, F.S., for certain information provided to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services relating to food safety or illness. S. Committee on Agriculture

  • Senate: Passed unanimously; now in H. Messages.

CS/SB 1998 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 HB 637. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate) WATCH

  • S. Banking & Insurance Committee: One technical amendment adopted; reported favorably with one amendment. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

CS/SB 2224 OGSR/Paratransit Services:

Reenacts and expands the public record exemption in s. 119.0713(2), F.S., for personal identifying information in records relating to a person’s health held by a local government for the purpose of determining eligibility for paratransit services. As amended, exempts personal identifying information of applicants for or recipients of paratransit services held by any agency. Allows for disclosure under certain specified conditions. S. Committee on Community Affairs

  • Senate: Passed unanimously; now in H. Messages.

CS/SB 2484 Exemption/Discrimination Complaints:

Expands the current public record exemption for records relating to discrimination complaints by applying the exemption to all agencies as defined in ch. 119, F.S. Similar to HB 7033. Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • S. Community Affairs Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

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. Judiciary Committee: Traveling, clarifying amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in S. Rules.

CS/SB 2610 Exemption/Organ & Tissue Donor Registry:

Creates a public record exemption for information identifying donors contained in the organ and tissue donor registry. Similar to HB 1487. Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville)

  • Senate: Passed unanimously; now in H. Messages.

SB 2676 Pretrial Release Program Records:

In pertinent part, requires pretrial release programs to prepare a register displaying certain, specified information about defendants released through such programs. Stipulates that such registers are to be located in the clerk of court’s office in the county where the program is located and that the registers must be readily accessible to the public. Defines “pretrial release program” as an entity, public or private, that conducts investigations of pretrial detainees, makes pretrial release recommendations to a court, and electronically monitors and supervises pretrial defendants. Similar to HB 1441. Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • S. Judiciary Committee: Two minor amendments are adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in S. Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations.

HB 7117 Criminal Use of Personal Information:

Increases the penalties for misdemeanors and felonies if personal identifying information was used during the commission of the crime. Similar to SB 122. H. Safety & Security Council

  • H. Policy & Budget Council: Reported favorably by a vote of 32/1 (Rep. Vana voting no); now on H. Calendar.

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