2008 Legislative Report For Period Ending March 21

SB 392 Agency Spending Disclosures:

Requires the Department of State to create and manage a free website listing, for each quarter of each calendar year, each expenditure over $5,000 made by a governmental entity to a person under contract by the: (1) name of the governmental entity making the expenditure; (2) name of the person receiving the funds; (3) date of the expenditure; and (4) purpose of the expenditure. In addition, requires that the website include an electronic copy of each contract listed. Similar to HB 181. Sen. Rhonda Storms (R-Brandon)

  • S. Commerce Committee: A strike-all amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. As amended, CS/SB 392 requires all local governments with a website to post information about contracts over $5,000 on the website, and requires the Department of Financial Services (DFS) to develop and maintain a portal linking all such websites. Also requires DFS to develop a uniform format to be used by local governments 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 posting of electronic copies of the contract to the extent possible and allows DFS to adopt rules implementing the requirements. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

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, telephone numbers, social security numbers, and photographs of general magistrates, child support enforcement hearing officers, and their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Similar to SB 766. Rep. Anitere Flores (R-Miami)

  • H. State Affairs Committee: A strike-all amendment is adopted; reported favorably with one amendment by a vote of 6/1 (Rep. Kelly Skidmore voting no). As amended, HB 639 creates 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 the spouses and children of general magistrates or child support hearing officers, and the name and location of school and day care facilities of the children of general magistrates or child support enforcement hearing officers 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. Now in H. Government Efficiency & Accountability.

SB 1042 OGSR/Putative Father Registry:

Reenacts and amends s. 63.0541, F.S., providing a public record exemption for information in the Florida Putative Father Registry to allow disclosure of the exempt information to the birth mother upon receipt of a notarized request for a copy of any registry entry in which she is identified as the birth mother. S. Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee

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

SB 1464 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. Similar to HB 863. Sen. Charles Dean (R-Inverness)

  • S. Governmental Operations Committee: A strike-all amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. As amended, CS/SB 1464 creates a public record exemption for information identifying a donor or prospective donor to th 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. Now in S. Rules.

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

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

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

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

NEW BILLS FILED

HB 947 Political Advertisements:

Requires the Division of Elections of the Department of State to create a “Florida Campaign Sunshine” website for political advertisements. The contents of this website must be made available for viewing by the public. Specifically requires: (1) any person or organization responsible for creating or publishing a political advertisement submit to the division a copy of the advertisement, copies of any other document or materials referenced, used, or footnoted in the advertisement, and the name and contact information of the person paying for the advertisement; and (2) the division to post all filed advertisements or materials to the website within 24 hours of receipt, as well as include a link on the website to the appropriate section of the department’s website regarding campaign finance for the person or organization paying for each advertisement. Rep. Richard Machek (D-Delray Beach) WATCH

HB 7029 OGSR/Putative Father Registry:

Reenacts and amends s. 63.0541, F.S., providing a public record exemption for information in the Florida Putative Father Registry to allow disclosure of the exempt information to the birth mother upon receipt of a notarized request for a copy of any registry entry in which she is identified as the birth mother. Similar to SB 1042. H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

HB 7031 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. Similar to SB 2224. H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

HB 7033 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 SB 2484. H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

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