2008 Legislative Report For Period Ending May 2

What follows is a list of all the bills we tracked during the 2008 Legislative Session, and the final action on each bill. You will find a description of each bill that passed the 2008 Legislature starting on page 7.

Final Action/Open Government Bills
2008 Legislative Session

SB 102 Exemption/Juvenile Blood Tests – DJJ
Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens)

  • Died in committee.

SB 122 and HB 7117 Criminal Use/Personal Information
Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey); H. Safety & Security Council

  • SB 122 was withdrawn from consideration; HB 7117 died on H. Calendar.

HB 181 and CS/SB 392 Government Agencies/Spending Disclosure
Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Port St. Lucie); Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon)

  • HB 181 died in committee; CS/SB 392 passed the Senate, was amended by the House, and died in S. Returning Messages.

SB 250 Expunction/Criminal Records
Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens)

  • Died in committee.

HB 327 and SB 2770 Exemption/Security Videos
Rep. Ari Abraham Porth (D-Coral Springs); Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

  • Both bills died in committee.

SB 356 Exemption/Identity of Donors – Public Buildings
Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)

  • Died in committee.

HB 373 Sealing Criminal History Records
Rep. Chuck Chestnut (D-Gainesville)

  • Died in committee.

SB 418 Exemption/Alternative Energy Center
Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton)

  • Died in committee.

SB 468 Fingerprinting – Child Care Personnel
Sen. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

  • Died in committee.

SB 506 Juvenile Arrest Records
Sen. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens)

  • Died in committee.

CS/HB 605 and CS/SB 1442 Exploited Children
Rep. David Rivera (R-Miami); Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland)

  • CS/HB 605 was tabled; CS/SB 1442 passed the Legislature. See CS/SB 1442.

CS/HB 637 and CS/SB 1998 Electronic Health Records
Rep. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring); Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)

  • CS/HB 637 passed the House and died in S. Messages; CS/SB 1998 died in committee.

CS/HB 639 and CS/SB 766, Exemption/Home Addresses – Judicial Officials
Rep. Anitere Flores (R-Miami); Sen. Nan Rich (D-Sunrise)

  • CS/HB 639 was tabled; CS/SB 766 passed the Legislature. See CS/SB 766.

HB 759 Exemption/Personal Identifying Information
Rep. Perry Thurston (D-Ft. Lauderdale)

  • Died in committee.

SB 806 Exemption/Investigations – Seaport Security
Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon)

  • Died in committee.

SB 822 and CS/HB 1061 Ad Valorem Tax Data
Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach); Rep. Jack Seiler (D-Pompano Beach)

  • SB 822 died in committee; CS/HB 1061 died on H. Calendar.

CS/HB 863 and CS/SB 1464 Exemption/Identity of Donors – Veteran’s Affairs
Rep. Ron Regan (R-Sarasota); Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness)

  • CS/HB 863 passed the Legislature; CS/SB 1464 was tabled. See CS/HB 863.

SB 870 Exemption/Domestic Violence Injunctions
Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • Died in committee.

SB 904 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Mandy Dawson (D-Ft. Lauderdale)

  • Died in committee.

SB 912 Shell Bill/Electronic Health Records
Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

  • Died in committee.

SB 918 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

  • Died in committee.

HB 947 and SB 1244 Political Advertisements
Rep. Richard Maycheck (D-Delray Beach); Sen. Ted Deutch (D-Delray Beach)

  • Both bills died in committee.

CS/HB 965 and SB 1660 Exemption/Home Addresses – EMTs
Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples); Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres)

  • CS/HB 965 died on H. Calendar; SB 1660 died in committee.

CS/HB 991 and SB 2276 Vox Populi/Public Participation at Public Meetings
Rep. Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange); Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R-Daytona)

  • CS/HB 991 passed the House and died in S. Messages; SB 2276 died in committee.

CS/SB 1042 and HB 7029 OGSR/Putative Father Registry
S. Children & Families Committee; H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • CS/SB 1042 passed the Legislature; HB 7029 was tabled. See CS/SB 1042.

SB 1044 Child Abuse Reports
S. Children & Families Committee

  • SB 1044 died on S. Calendar.

SB 1046 and HB 7051 OGSR/Foster Parents – DCFS
S. Children & Families Committee; H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • SB 1046 passed the Legislature; HB 7051 was tabled. See SB 1046.

HB 1051 and SB 2380 Exemption/Investigative Records – State Fire Marshall
Rep. Luis Garcia (D-Miami); Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

  • Both bills died in committee.

SB 1058 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Alex Villalobos (R-Miami)

  • Died in committee.

CS/SB 1090 and HB 7053 OGSR/Florida Kidcare Program
S. Health Policy Committee; H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • CS/SB 1090 was tabled; HB 7053 passed the Legislature. See HB 7053.

CS/HB 1141 and CS/SB 2574 Exemption/Sexual Violence Victims
Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Davie); Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey)

  • CS/HB 1141 passed the Legislature; CS/SB 2574 was tabled. See CS/HB 1141.

SB 1144 Public Records Shell Bill
Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1156 Public Records Shell Bill
Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon)

  • Died in committee.

CS/HB 1203 and CS/SB 2546 Commission for Military Children
Rep. Bill Proctor (R-St. Augustine); Sen. Ronda Storms (R-Brandon)

  • CS/HB 1203 passed the Legislature; CS/SB 2546 was tabled. See CS/HB 1203.

HB 1243, CS/SB 1540, and SB 2782 Exemption/Controlled Substance Database
Rep. Jack Seiler (D-Pompano Beach); Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples); Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach)

  • HB 1243 and CS/SB 1540 died in committee; SB 2782 was tabled.

HB 1389 Expunging Criminal History Records
Rep. Perry Thurston (D-Ft. Lauderdale)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1390 Exemption/Pharmaceutical Sales
Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1392 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1394 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1396 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1400 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1402 Exemption/Shell Bill
Sen. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)

  • Died in committee.

HB 1403 Exemption/Assisted Living Facility Residents
Rep. Hugh Gibson (R-The Villages)

  • Died in committee.

HB 1407 and CS/SB 1616 FDLE/Concealed Weapon Permits
Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Oviedo); S. Criminal Justice Committee

  • HB 1407 died in committee; CS/SB 1616 passed the Legislature. See CS/SB 1616.

CS/HB 1441 and CS/SB 2676 Pre-Trial Release Program Records
Rep. Mitch Needelman (R-Melbourne); Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa)

  • CS/HB 1441 was tabled; CS/SB 2676 passed the Legislature. See CS/SB 2676.

CS/HB 1467 and CS/SB 2762 Confidential Records – DCFS
Rep. Will Weatherford (R-Zephyrhills); Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland)

  • CS/HB 1467 passed the House and died in S. Messages; CS/SB 2762 died on S. Calendar.

CS/HB 1487 and CS/SB 2610 Exemption/Identity of Organ Donors
Rep. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla); Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville)

  • CS/HB 1487 died pending House review; CS/SB 2610 passed the Legislature. See CS/SB 2610.

SB 1510 Exemption/Pending Litigation
Sen. Steve Geller (D-Hallandale Beach)

  • Died in committee.

HB 1537 and SB 2240 Voting Rights
Rep. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens); Sen. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville)

  • Both bills died in committee.

CS/SB 1618 and HB 7107 OGSR/Victims of Child Abuse or Sex Crimes
S. Criminal Justice Committee; H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • CS/SB 1618 passed the Legislature; HB 7107 was tabled. See CS/SB 1618.

CS/SB 1630 and HB 7055 OGSR/DOAC Investigations
S. Agriculture Committee; H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • CS/SB 1630 passed the Legislature; HB 7055 was tabled. See CS/SB 1630.

SB 1720 Public Records/Shell Bill
Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1926 Public Records/Shell Bill
Sen. Dan Gaetz (R-Ft. Walton Beach)

  • Died in committee.

SB 1930 Public Records/Shell Bill
Sen. Dan Gaetz (R-Ft. Walton Beach)

  • Died in committee.

SB 2008 Improving Access to Public Records
S. Governmental Operations Committee

  • Died in committee.

SB 2038 Exemption/Investigative Reports – DFS
Sen. Al Lawson (D-Tallahassee)

  • Died in committee.

CS/SB 2224 and HB 7031 OGSR/Paratransit Services
S. Community Affairs Committee; H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • CS/SB 2224 passed the Legislature; HB 7031 was tabled. See CS/SB 2224.

SB 2254 Criminal History Records/Expunction and Sealing
Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando)

  • Died in committee.

SB 2450 Financial Disclosures/Elected Officers
Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • Died in committee.

CS/SB 2484 and HB 7033 Exemption/Discrimination Complaints
Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge); H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • CS/SB 2484 was tabled; HB 7033 passed the Legislature. See HB 7033.

SB 2824 Exemption/Florida Combustion Center
Sen. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge)

  • Died in committee.

HB 7089 Exemption/Juvenile Criminal History Records
H. Safety & Security Council

  • Passed the House and died in S. Messages.

HB 7149 Information Technology/Public Records
H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council

  • Died, reference deferred.

OPEN GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED IN 2008 SESSION

  1. CS/SB 766 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 and special 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, and 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. Similar to CS/HB 639. Sen. Nan Rich (D-Sunrise)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  2. 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 CS/SB 1464. Rep. Ron Reagan (R-Sarasota)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  3. CS/SB 1042 OGSR/Putative Father Registry: Reenacts and slightly 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 HB 7029. S. Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  4. SB 1046 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 HB 7051. S. Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  5. CS/HB 1141 Exemption/Sexual Violence Victims: Slightly 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 information contained in written requests for leave documenting acts of sexual violence. Similar to CS/SB 2574. Rep. Evan Jenne (D-Davie)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  6. CS/HB 1203 Educational Opportunity for Military Children: In pertinent part, creates the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, stipulating that all commission meetings must be open to the public except as provided by Commission rules. Authorizes closure of Commission meetings that (1) relate solely to internal personnel practices and procedures, (2) disclose matters specifically exempt by state or federal law; (3) disclose trade secrets or privileged commercial or financial information; (4) involve accusing a person of a crime or formally censuring a person; (5) disclose personal information that would constitute an invasion of personal privacy; (6) disclose law enforcement investigative records; or (7) relate to the Commission’s participation in a legal proceeding. Finally, requires the Governor to execute the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children if a specified number of other states agree to participate in the Compact. Similar to CS/SB 2546. Rep. Bill Proctor (R-St. Augustine) NOTE: The meetings provisions in CS/HB 1203 clearly violate Art. I, s. 24, Fla. Con., but will take effect only if the interstate compact is formed. In addition, it’s possible that the Governor can execute the compact without including the unconstitutional meetings provisions.
    Passed the House by a vote of 107/1 (Rep. Susan Bucher voting no); passed the Senate unanimously.
  7. 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 CS/HB 605. Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  8. 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 DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  9. CS/SB 1618 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. As amended, slightly expands the exemption to include 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 HB 7107. S. Committee on Criminal Justice
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  10. 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
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  11. CS/SB 2224 OGSR/Paratransit Services: Reenacts and slightly 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 HB 7031. S. Committee on Community Affairs
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  12. 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. Allows disclosure under certain specified conditions. Similar to CS/HB 1487. Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville)
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  13. CS/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 CS/HB 1441. Sen. Victor Crist (R-Tampa) DOES NOT CREATE AN EXEMPTION
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  14. HB 7033 Exemption/Discrimination Complaints: Slightly 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 CS/SB 2484. H. Government Efficiency & Accountability Council
    Passed both chambers unanimously.
  15. HB 7053 OGSR/Florida Kidcare Program: 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 CS/SB 1090. H. Governmental Efficiency & Accountability Council
    Passed both chambers unanimously.

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