2013 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 19

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Symbol Meaning
Current action
CS Committee Substitute
P Passed both Chambers
W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending April 19

ANIMAL CONTROL/HUMANE SOCIETIES

CS/SB 674 Animal Shelter Records: Requires public or private animal shelters, humane organizations, or animal control agencies to create and maintain records regarding the intake and disposition of animals. Stipulates that such records are subject to disclosure and authorizes fees in accordance with chapter 119, F.S., Florida’s public records law. Companion to HB 997. Amends 823.15(1). Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee)

  • House: Substituted for CS/HB 997. Passed unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE.

CS/HB 997 Animal Shelter Records: Requires public or private animal shelters, humane organizations, or animal control agencies to create and maintain records regarding the intake and disposition of animals. Stipulates that such records are subject to disclosure and authorizes fees in accordance with chapter 119, F.S., Florida’s public records law. Companion to SB 674. Rep. W. Travis Cummings (R-Orange Park)

  • House: Tabled; SB 674 substituted. See SB 674.

COURT RECORDS

SB 610 Exemption/Settlements on Behalf of Minors: Creates a public record exemption for court records relating to the settlement of a claim relating to guardianship on behalf of a minor or ward. Allows access to such records by a guardian ad litem, the minor if over 14, and the minor’s attorney. Companion to HB 943. Amends s. 744.3701, F.S. Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa)

  • S. Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee: An amendment stripping the review provision required under the Open Government Sunset Review Act is adopted. Reported favorably. Now in S. Judiciary Committee.

CS/SB 556 Clerks of Court/Records: In pertinent part, allows a clerk of court to provide requested records in electronic formats if the requester is capable of accessing the records electronically, and clarifies that the fee waiver applies only to state agencies and the party represented by the agency. In addition, the bill allows public defenders to access official records relating to a juvenile under certain specified conditions. Amends s. 119.0714(2)(f), F.S., to stipulate that requests for redaction of exempt home addresses, etc., contained in court records must identify the document type, name, identification number, and page number of the court record that contains the exempt information. Companion to HB 643. Amends ss. 28.345 and 119.0714, F.S. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate)

  • S. Appropriations Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

CS/HB 643 Clerks of Court/Records: In pertinent part, allows a clerk of court to provide requested records in electronic formats if the requester is capable of accessing the records electronically, and clarifies that the fee waiver applies only to state agencies and the party represented by the agency. In addition, the bill allows public defenders to access official records relating to a juvenile under certain specified conditions. Amends s. 119.0714(2)(f), F.S., to stipulate that requests for redaction of exempt home addresses, etc., contained in court records must identify the document type, name, identification number, and page number of the court record that contains the exempt information. Companion to SB 556. Rep. Ray Pilon (R-Sarasota)

  • H. Judiciary Committee: Reported favorably. Now on H. Calendar.

CS/HB 943 Exemption/Settlements on Behalf of Minors: Creates a public record exemption for court records relating to the settlement of a claim on behalf of a minor or ward relating to guardianship. Allows access to such records by a guardian ad litem, the minor if over 14, and the minor’s attorney. Companion to SB 610. Amends s. 744.3701, F.S. Rep. Elaine Schwartz (D-Hollywood)

  • House: Passed unanimously. Now in Senate Messages.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HB 725 Exemption/Child Abuse Death Review Committees: Currently, s. 383.412, F.S., provides an exemption for portions of meetings of child abuse death review committees at which exempt information is discussed, requiring that those closed portions of meetings be recorded. HB 725 deletes the recording requirement. Amends s. 383.412, F.S. Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Port St. Lucie) 🙁

  • House: Passed the House by a vote of 88/26. Now in Senate Messages.

SB 824 Exemption/Forensic Behavioral Health Evaluations: Creates a public record exemption for forensic behavioral health evaluations of mentally deficient or mentally ill defendants filed with the court. Stipulates that an evaluation may be released if it becomes part of a clinical record. Creates s. 916.1065, F.S. Companion to HB 1183. Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah)

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably by a vote of 13/1, with Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) voting in opposition. Now on S. Calendar.

CS/SB 1014 Exemption/Participants in Drug Court Treatment Programs: CS/SB 1014 creates a public record exemption for information relating to a participant or a person considered for participation in a treatment-based drug court program contained in (1) records relating to initial participation screenings; (2) records relating to substance abuse screenings; (3) behavioral health evaluations; and subsequent treatment status reports. Creates s. 397.334(10), F.S. Companion to HB 1185. Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah)

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably by a vote of 12/1, with Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) voting in opposition. Now on S. Calendar.

SB 1042 Exemption/Criminal Justice Commissions: Creates an exemption for portions of a “duly constituted criminal justice commission” meeting during which the commissioners discuss active criminal intelligence or investigative information that is currently before the commission or may foreseeably come before the commission. Companion to HB 361. Sen. Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington)

  • Senate: A strike-all amendment making minor technical changes is adopted by the Senate. Rolled to third reading.

HB 1327 Exemption/Criminal History – Human Trafficking Victims: SB 1644 provides for the court-ordered expungement of a human trafficking victim’s criminal history. SB 1734 creates a public record exemption preventing disclosure of any record of a human trafficking victim’s criminal history that has been expunged by a court order. Creates s. 943.0583(9). Companion to SB 1734. Rep. Ross Spano (R- Riverview)

  • H. Judiciary Committee: Two amendments are adopted, one to the required statement of public necessity and the second allowing access by criminal justice agencies for their respective criminal justice purposes. Reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now on H. Calendar.

SB 1680 Exemption/Child Abuse Death Review Committees: Currently, s. 383.412, F.S., provides an exemption for portions of meetings of child abuse death review committees at which exempt information is discussed, requiring that those closed portions of meetings be recorded. SB 1680 deletes the recording requirement. Companion to HB 725. Amends s. 383.412, F.S. Sen. Thad Altman (R-Melbourne) 🙁

  • S. Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Rules Committee.

CS/SB 1734 Exemption/Criminal History – Human Trafficking Victims: SB 1644 provides for the court-ordered expungement of victims of human trafficking victim’s criminal history. CS/SB 1734 creates a public record exemption for criminal history records of human trafficking victims that have been expunged pursuant to court order. Creates s. 943.0583(9). Companion to HB 1327. Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami)

  • S. Rules Committee: A technical amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now on S. Calendar.

DONORS

SB 474 OGSR/Donors – Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Reenacts with minor modification the public record exemption for the identity of donors or prospective donors to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs direct support organization. Also exempts those portions of meetings at which the identity of such donors is discussed. Reenacts s. 292.055, F.S. S. Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

CS/SB 406 Economic Development Programs Evaluation: In pertinent part, requires the Office of Economic and Demographic Research and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to develop the Economic Development Program Evaluation and to provide a detailed analysis of economic development programs on a specified schedule beginning January 1, 2014, and to evaluate and determine the economic benefits of each program over the previous three years. Stipulates that the analysis may include relevant economic development reports or analyses prepared by the Department of Economic Opportunity, Enterprise Florida, or local or regional economic development organizations and any other relevant data. Companion to HB 641. Sen. Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) WATCH

  • House: A strike-all amendment stripping all transparency requirements for economic development programs is adopted. Passed the House unanimously. Now referred to conference committee.

ETHICS AND ELECTIONS

HB 7131 Ethics – Public Records Training/Complaint Disclosure: In pertinent part, requires mandatory training in open records and open meetings law for “constitutional officers” including the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, the Chief Financial Officer, the Commissioner of Agriculture, state attorneys, public defenders, sheriffs, tax collectors, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, clerks of the circuit court, county commissioners, district school board members, and superintendents of schools. Stipulates that the Legislature must provide ethics training pursuant to the rules of each chamber. Also, amends s. 112.324, F.S., preventing the disclosure of an ethics complaint or referral within 30 days of an election unless the complaint or referral is based on personal information or information other than hearsay. Currently, the law prohibits disclosure of such information within 5 days of an election. Creates s. 112.3142, F. S. and amends s. 112.324. Companion to SB 2. H. Ethics and Elections Subcommittee

  • H. State Affairs Committee: Two amendments are adopted changing provisions relating to lobbying by former legislators; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now on H. Calendar.

HB 7133 Exemption/Ethics – Written Referrals: Creates a public record exemption for written referrals and related records held by the Ethics Commission, the Governor, FDLE, or state attorneys. Also exempts records relating to preliminary investigations of such referrals held by the Commission. Creates an exemption for Commission proceedings at which referrals are discussed or acted upon. Stipulates that the exemptions apply until the complaint is dismissed as legally insufficient, the subject of the referral requests that the records be made public, the Commission determines it will not investigate the referral, or when probable cause is determined. Amends s. 112.324(2), F.S. Companion to SB 4. H. Ethics and Elections Subcommittee

  • H. State Affairs Committee: Reported favorably. Now on H. Calendar.

FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

SB 1868 Exemption/Financial Regulation Database: SB 410 requires the Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) to maintain payment instrument transaction information in a centralized database. “Payment instrument” is statutorily defined as “a check, draft, warrant, money order, travelers check, electronic instrument, or other instrument, payment of money, or monetary value whether or not negotiable.” SB 1868 creates a public record exemption for payment transaction information held by OFR that identifies a licensee, payor, payee, or conductor contained in the database. Companion to HB 7135. Creates s. 560.312, F.S. Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) 🙁

  • S. Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee: A technical amendment is adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in S. Rules Committee.

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

SB 1150 Transparency/State Contracting: In pertinent part, amends s. 215.985, F.S., the Transparency Florida Act, requiring the Chief Financial Officer to maintain a state contract tracking system website relating to contracts procured by state agencies. Within 30 days after executing a contract, each state agency must post the following information and documentation on the CFO’s website: the names of the contracting entities; the procurement method; the beginning and ending dates of the contract; the nature or type of commodities or services purchased; contract unit prices and deliverables; total compensation to be paid or received under the contract; all payments made to the contractor to date; applicable contract performance measures; if a no-bid contract, the justification for such action, including a citation to the statutory exemption from competitive solicitation; electronic copies of the contract and procurement documents, appropriately redacted; and any other information required by the CFO. Requires agencies to post modifications or amendments to existing contracts within 30 days, and provides procedures for redacting exempt information. Allows the CFO to audit agreements and contracts before the execution of such agreements or contracts. Companion to HB 1261 and HB 5401. Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) 🙂

  • S. Appropriations Committee: Three amendments are adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. As amended, CS/SB 1150, in pertinent part, creates s. 119.0701, F.S., requiring all contractors and subcontractors to comply with the access and retention requirements of the public records law, and to transfer all public records in their possession to the contracting agency upon termination of the contract. Also amends s. 215.985, F.S., the Transparency Florida Act, requiring the Chief Financial Officer to maintain a state contract tracking system website relating to contracts procured by state agencies. Within 30 days after executing a contract, each state agency must post the following information and documentation on the CFO’s website: the names of the contracting entities; the procurement method; the beginning and ending dates of the contract; the nature or type of commodities or services purchased; contract unit prices and deliverables; total compensation to be paid or received under the contract; all payments made to the contractor to date; applicable contract performance measures; if a no-bid contract, the justification for such action, including a citation to the statutory exemption from competitive solicitation; electronic copies of the contract and procurement documents, appropriately redacted; and any other information required by the CFO. Requires agencies to post modifications or amendments to existing contracts within 30 days, and provides procedures for redacting exempt information. Allows the CFO to audit agreements and contracts before the execution of such agreements or contracts. Now on S. Calendar. 🙂

HB 5401 Transparency in State Contracting: Requires the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to maintain a secure contract tracking system available to the public through a secure website, stipulating that state agencies must post the following information to the tracking system within 30 days of executing a contract: (1) the names of the contracting entities; (2) the procurement method; (3) the beginning and ending dates of the contract; (4) the nature or type of commodities or services purchased; (5) applicable contract unit prices and deliverables; (6) total compensation to be paid or received; (7) all payments made to the contractor to date; (8) applicable performance measures; and (9) electronic copies of the contract, redacted if necessary. Also requires posting of amendments to existing contracts. By January 1, 2014, state agencies must post all information described above for all existing contracts executed before July 1, 2013. Provides requirements and procedures for redacting information that is confidential or exempt from disclosure. Amends s. 215.985, F.S. Companion to SB 1150. H. Government Operations Subcommittee 🙂 NOTE: The description of HB 5401 in last week’s Report 6 was incorrect. This is the corrected description.

  • Senate: A strike-all amendment stripping all the language from the bill is adopted, and the bill passed the Senate unanimously as amended. HB 5401 is now in conference committee.

INSURANCE

SB 1850 Exemption/Citizens Property Insurance – Proprietary Business Information: SB 1770 creates the Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation policyholder eligibility clearinghouse program. SB 1850 creates a public record exemption for all underwriting guidelines, manuals, rating information, and other underwriting or instructions submitted by an insurer to the new eligibility clearinghouse program. Companion to HB 7095. Amends s. 627.3518, F.S. S. Banking and Insurance Committee 🙁

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on Senate Calendar.

SB 1886 Exemption/Bodily Injury Liability: Section 324.242, F.S., provides a public record exemption for personal identifying information and insurance policy numbers contained in personal injury protection and property damage liability insurance policies held by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. SB 1886 expands the exemption to include such information contained in bodily injury liability insurance policies. Amends s. 324.242, F.S. S. Banking and Insurance Committee NEW

HB 7095 Exemption/Citizens Property Insurance – Proprietary Business Information: HB 7093 creates the Citizen’s Property Insurance Corporation policyholder eligibility clearinghouse program. HB 7095 creates a public record exemption for all underwriting guidelines, manuals, rating information, and other underwriting or instructions submitted by an insurer to the new eligibility clearinghouse program. Creates s. 627.3518, F.S. Companion to SB 1606 & SB 1850. H. Insurance and Banking Subcommittee 🙁

  • House: HB 7095, on the House Special Order Calendar on Wednesday, April 17, was temporarily postponed on second reading.

INVESTIGATIONS

CS/HB 1075 Exemption/Complaints of Employee Misconduct: Creates a public record exemption for a complaint of misconduct filed against a public employee, as well as all information obtained while investigating that complaint. Stipulates that the exemption expires once the investigation ceases to be active or until the agency provides the employee with written notice that it has concluded the investigation. Creates s. 119.071(2)(k). Companion to SB 1318. Rep. Ricardo Rangel (D-Kissimmee)

  • House: Passed the House by a vote of 85/30. Now in S. Messages.

HB 1297 Exemption/False Claims Act Investigations: HB 935 creates s. 68.0731, F.S., which grants the Department of Financial Services subpoena power before the department institutes civil proceedings for a violation of s. 68.082, F.S, Florida’s False Claims Act. HB 1297 creates a public record exemption for complaints and information held by the department during the course of an investigation of possible violations of the False Claims Act, stipulating that the exemption expires once the investigation is complete or ceases to be active. Companion to SB 1496. Creates s. 68.083(8), F.S. Rep. Dana Young (R-Tampa)

  • House: Passed unanimously. Now in S. Messages.

CS/SB 1318 Exemption/Complaint of Employee Misconduct: Creates a public record exemption for a complaint of misconduct filed against a public employee, as well as all information obtained while investigating that complaint. Stipulates that the exemption expires once the investigation ceases to be active or the agency provides the employee with written notice that it has concluded the investigation. Creates s. 119.071(2)(k). Companion to HB 1075. Sen. Darren Soto (D-Kissimmee)

  • S. Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee: Reported favorably. Now in S. Rules Committee.

CS/SB 1496 Exemption/False Claims Act Investigations: CS/SB 1494 creates s. 68.0731, F.S., which grants the Department of Financial Services subpoena power before the department institutes civil proceedings for a violation of s. 68.082, F.S, Florida’s False Claims Act. CS/SB 1496 creates a public record exemption for complaints and information held by the department during the course of an investigation of possible violations of the False Claims Act, stipulating that the exemption expires once the investigation is complete or ceases to be active. Creates s. 68.083(8), F.S. Companion to HB 1297. Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine)

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

SB 1800 OGSR/Investigations – Employment Discrimination Complaints: Section 119.071(2)(g), F.S., provides a public record exemption for all complaints and other records relating to employment discrimination complaints held by an agency until a finding of probable cause, the investigation is no longer active, or the complaint is made part of the official record of any hearing or court proceeding. SB 1800 reenacts the exemption with only minor technical changes. Companion to HB 7145. S. Governmental Oversight and Accountability

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

SB 1848 Exemption/Inspector General – Citizens Property Insurance: In pertinent part, SB 1770 creates the office of inspector general within Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, which would have the power to oversee and investigate the internal operations of the corporation. SB 1848 creates a public record exemption for the name or identify of an individual who, in good faith, alleges, or provides information relating to an allegation of a violation of law, rule, fraud, waste, abuse, malfeasance, or mismanagement to the office of inspector general. Stipulates that the information remains exempt until the inspector general completes the investigation and determines whether a violation occurred and if there was no violation, the information remains exempt from public disclosure. S. Banking and Insurance Committee 🙁

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

SB 1424 Exemption/Driver Toll Information: Section 388.155(6), F.S. currently provides a public record exemption for personal identifying information provided to the Department of Transportation, a county, or an expressway authority in connection with using a credit card, charge card, or check for prepayment of tolls. SB 1424 amends and slightly expands the exemption to cover all personal identifying information of drivers who use toll facilities regardless of the form of payment or prepayment. Amends s. 388.155(6), F.S. Companion to HB 1333. Sen. Greg Evers (R-Crestview)

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

PROPRIETARY INFORMATION

CS/HB 649 Exemption/Electric Utility – Proprietary Business Information: Creates a public record exemption for proprietary confidential business information provided by a private or out-of-state entity to a public electric utility in connection with the utility’s due diligence review of an electric project or a project to improve the delivery, cost, or diversification of fuel or renewable energy resources. CS/HB 649 defines “proprietary confidential business information” as information provided to an electric utility by an entity which is private in that disclosure of the information would cause harm to the entity’s business operations and which has not otherwise been disclosed, and includes (1) trade secrets; (2) internal audit controls and reports of internal auditors; (3) security measures, systems, or proceedings; (4) information concerning bids and other contractual data; and (5) information relating to competitive interests. Creates s. 119.0713(4), F.S. Companion to SB 714. Rep. W. Travis Cummings (R-Orange Park)

  • House: Passed the House by a vote of 109/8. Now in S. Messages.

CS/SB 714 Exemption/Electric Utility – Proprietary Business Information: Creates a public record exemption for proprietary confidential business information provided by a private or out-of-state entity to a public electric utility in connection with the utility’s due diligence review of an electric project or a project to improve the delivery, cost, or diversification of fuel or renewable energy resources. CS/SB 714 defines “proprietary confidential business information” as information provided to an electric utility by an entity which is as private in that disclosure of the information would cause harm to the entity’s business operations and which has not otherwise been disclosed, and includes (1) trade secrets; (2) internal audit controls and reports of internal auditors; (3) security measures, systems, or proceedings; (4) information concerning bids and other contractual data; and (5) information relating to competitive interests. Creates s. 119.0713(4), F.S. Companion to HB 649. Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs)

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

CS/SB 834 Exemption/Insurance Insolvency – Proprietary Business Information: Creates a public record exemption for proprietary business information related to insurance solvency held by the Office of Insurance Regulation. Defines “proprietary business information” as information owned or controlled by an insurer, which is (1) intended to be and is treated by the insurer as private in that disclosure of the information would cause harm to the insurer’s business operations and has not been disclosed, and (2) is not otherwise readily ascertainable or publicly available. Proprietary business information includes trade secrets; information relating to competitive interests; the source, nature, and amount of the consideration used in carrying out a merger or other acquisition; information relating to bids or other contractual data; and internal auditing controls and reports. Allows disclosure under certain, specified conditions. Creates s. 624.4212, F.S. Companion to HB 823. Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs)

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

CS/SB 984 Exemption/Natural Gas Storage – Proprietary Business Information: CS/SB 958 authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue permits for underground natural gas storage facilities. CS/SB 984 creates a public record exemption for proprietary confidential business information provided to the Department of Environmental Protection by an applicant for an underground natural gas storage facility permit. “Proprietary confidential business information” is defined as information that: (1) is owned or controlled by the applicant; (2) is intended to be private because disclosure would harm the applicant’s business operations; (3) has not otherwise been disclosed; and (4) is not publicly available. Such information includes trade secrets, leasing plans, property acquisition plans, explorations budgets, or marketing studies, the disclosure of which would impair the applicant’s ability to contract for goods or services or acquire property on favorable terms; or competitive interests, which can include well designs, geological or engineering studies, and field utilization or operating plans. Allows disclosure under certain specified conditions. Companion to HB 1085. Creates s. 377.24075, F.S. Sen. Garrett Richter (R-Naples)

  • S. Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee: Two minor amendments are adopted; reported favorably as a committee substitute. Now in S. Rules Committee.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

CS/SB 376 Exemption/Names of Spouses: As amended, SB 376 creates a public record exemption for the names of the spouses and children of active or former law enforcement personnel, correctional officers, and certain employees of the Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, and the Department of Revenue. Companion to HB 731. Amends s. 119.071(4)(d)2, F.S. Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) 🙁

  • Senate: An amendment expanding the exemption to include the names of spouses and children of state attorneys, assistant state attorneys, statewide prosecutors, and assistant statewide prosecutors is adopted. CS/SB 376, as amended, is rolled to third reading.

CS/HB 731 Exemption/Names of Spouses: Creates a public record exemption for the names of the spouses and children of active or former law enforcement personnel, correctional officers, state attorneys, assistant state attorneys, statewide prosecutors, assistant statewide prosecutors, and certain employees of the Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, and the Department of Revenue. Also exempts the names of spouses and children of state attorneys, assistant state attorneys, statewide prosecutors, and assistant statewide prosecutors. Companion to SB 376. Amends s. 119.071(4)(d)2, F.S. Rep. Dave Kerner (D-Palm Springs) 🙁

  • House: Passed by a vote of 107/4, with Representatives Fresen, Tobia, Waldman, and Workman voting against the exemption. Now in S. Messages.

RIGHT TO SPEAK

CS/HB 23 Public Meetings/Right to Speak: CS/HB 23 defines “board or commission” to include boards or commissions of state agencies, and counties, cities, and political subdivisions. Requires boards and commissions to provide members of the public with a reasonable opportunity to speak before a board or commission makes a final decision, subject to reasonable rules of the board or commission to ensure reasonable conduct. Stipulates that the right to speak does not have to be at the same meeting at which action is taken, but must occur within a reasonable proximity in time. The right to speak would not apply to certain meetings including an official act related to an emergency; a ministerial act, including approval of minutes and ceremonial proclamations; any meeting that is exempt from the open meetings law under s. 286.011, F.S.; and quasi-judicial meetings with respect to the rights or interests of a person. Requires the assessment of reasonable attorney fees if a court finds that an agency violated the right to speak, but stipulates that any action taken will not be void as a result of the violation. Creates s. 286.0114, F.S. Companion to SB 50. Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Fort Myers) 🙂

  • H. State Administration Committee: Reported favorably. Now on H. Calendar.

SCHOOLS

CS/SB 878 Education Accountability: In pertinent part, CS/SB 878 allows access to the K-20 data warehouse by organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of educational agencies and institutions in a manner consistent with FERPA. Requires the Commissioner of Education to create a web-based interface to improve and streamline access to the K-20 data warehouse, stipulating that all exempt personal identifying information be redacted or aggregated. Amends various sections of the K-20 Education Code. Companion to HB 7027. Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) WATCH

  • House: A strike-all amendment stripping everything from the bill is adopted. Passed the House unanimously. Now referred to conference committee.

SB 1756 Exemption/School Lunch Program: SB 1628 shifts responsibilities for the school lunch program from the State Board of Education regarding school food and nutrition programs. SB 1756 creates a public record exemption for the personal identifying information of an applicant or a participant in a school food and nutrition service program held by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Children and Families, or the Department of Education. Creates s. 595.409. F.S. Companion HB 7089. Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee)

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

VOTER INFORMATION

CS/HB 249 Exemption/Voter Email Address: HB 247 requires that the uniform statewide voter registration application be designed to elicit email addresses from voter registration applicants and registered voters. HB 249 creates a public record exemption for email addresses of voters and voter registration applicants. Amends s. 97.0585(1), F.S. Companion to SB 1260. Rep. Bryan Nelson (R-Apopka) 🙁

  • House: Significantly, CS/HB 249, which was on the House Special Order Calendar on Wednesday, April 17, was temporarily postponed on second reading.

CS/SB 1260 Exemption/Voter Email Address: Creates a public record exemption for email addresses of voters and voter registration applicants held by any agency. Amends s. 97.0585(1), F.S. Companion to HB 249. Sen. Jeremy Ring (D-Margate) 🙁

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar.

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