2008 Legislative Report For Period Ending March 28

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 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.  Similar to HB 181. Sen. Rhonda Storms (R-Brandon) 🙂

  • S. Governmental Operations Committee: Adopted an amendment requiring the Department of Financial services to develop and maintain a contract expenditures report containing information on all state agency contracts over $5,000. Also 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. Reported favorably as a committee substitute by a vote of 4/1 (Sen. Oelrich voting no). Now in S. Finance and Tax.

HB 605 Exploited Children:

In pertinent part, amends current law providing that court records which reveal the photograph, name, or address of the victim of certain specified offenses are confidential and exempt from the public records law and may not be made public if certain showings are made by waiving the requirement that such showings be made in certain cases. Rep. David Rivera (R- Miami)

  • H. Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee: Reported favorably with one amendment. 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.
  • H. Safety & Security Council: Adopted traveling amendment and reported favorably as a council substitute. Now in H. Policy & Budget Council.

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. Healthcare Council: A strike-all amendment making various changes to other sections of the bill is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in H. Policy & Budget Council.

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) 🙂

  • H. State Affairs Committee: Reported favorably. Now in H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council.

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. Jobs & Entrepreneurship Council: One minor amendment adopted; reported favorably as a council substitute. Now in H. Policy & Budget Council.

SB 1618 OGSR/Photos of Sex Offense Victims:

Reenacts without modification the public record exemption in s. 119.071(2)(h), F.S., for any photograph, videotape, or image of the victim of a sexual offense. S. Committee on Criminal Justice ???

  • S. Criminal Justice Committee: A strike-all amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. As amended, CS/SB 1618 amends s. 119.071(2)(h) 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. Now in S. Governmental Operations.

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

  • S. Governmental Operations Committee: Traveling technical amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in S. Rules.

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. Repeals s. 119.0711(1) (discrimination complaints filed with a state agency) and s. 119.0713(1) (discrimination complaints filed with a unit of local government). Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • S. Judiciary Committee: A strike-all amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. As amended, CS/SB 2484 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. Now in S. Community Affairs.

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 such records relating to acts of sexual violence. Similar to HB 1141. Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • S. Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee: A minor technical amendment is adopted; reported favorably with one amendment. Now in S. Commerce.

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)

  • S. Health Regulation Committee: Reported favorably with one minor amendment; now in S. Governmental Operations.

NEW BILLS FILED

HB 7051 OGSR/Foster Parents:

Reenacts and amends s. 409.175, F.S., slightly narrowing the public record exemption relating to information held by the Department of Children and Family Services regarding foster care parents. Similar to SB 1046. H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council

HB 7053 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. Similar to HB 7053. H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council

HB 7055 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. Similar to SB 1630. H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council

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