2013 Legislative Report for Period Ending April 26

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W Withdrawn from further consideration

For Period Ending April 26

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)

  • CS/SB 674 was approved by the Governor. Chapter No. 2013-32.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

CS/HB 359 Exemption/University DSOs: Creates an exemption for portions of a university direct support organization (DSO) board meetings at which the identity of a donor or prospective donor, proposals seeking research funding from the organization, or a plan or program for either initiating or supporting research, is discussed. Amends s. 1004.28(5), F.S. Companion to SB 1276. Rep. Cary Pigman (R-Sebring)

  • House: Passed by a vote of 114/2, with Reps. Victor Torres and Barbara Watson voting against the exemption. Now in S. Messages.

COURT RECORDS

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)

  • Senate: Passed CS/SB 556 unanimously. Now in H. Messages.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CS/HB 361 Exemption/Criminal Justice Commissions: Creates an exemption for those portions of meetings of a “duly constituted criminal justice commission” during which commissioners discuss active criminal intelligence or investigative information if such information is currently before the commission or may foreseeably come before the commission. Companion to SB 1042. Rep. Dave Kerner (D-Palm Springs)

  • House: Passed the House unanimously.
  • Senate: Substituted for CS/SB 1014. Passed by a vote of 35/1 with Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) voting in opposition. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

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)

  • Senate: Passed unanimously. Now in H. Messages.

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)

  • Senate: Passed unanimously. Now in H. Messages.

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 CS/HB 361. Sen. Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington)

  • Senate: Tabled; CS/HB 361 substituted. See CS/HB 361.

CS/HB 1327 Exemption/Criminal History – Human Trafficking Victims: HB 1325 provides for the court-ordered expungement of a human trafficking victim’s criminal history. HB 1327 creates a public record exemption for the criminal history record, preventing disclosure of any record of a human trafficking victim’s criminal history that has been expunged by a court order. Allows access under certain specified conditions. Creates s. 943.0583(9). Companion to SB 1734. Rep. Ross Spano (R- Riverview)

  • House: Passed CS/HB 1327 unanimously.
  • Senate: Substituted for CS/SB 1734 and passed by the Senate unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

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. Rules Committee: Passed the committee by a vote of 11/3, with Sens. Negron, Sobel, and Smith voting in opposition. On the Senate Special Order Calendar for Monday, 4/29.

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)

  • Senate: Tabled; CS/HB 1327 substituted. See CS/HB 1327.

DONORS

CS/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

  • Senate: Tabled; HB 7143 substituted. See H B 7143.

HB 7143 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. Companion to SB 474. H. Government Operations Subcommittee

  • House: Passed HB 7143 unanimously.
  • Senate: Passed unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

ETHICS AND ELECTIONS

CS/SB 2 Ethics – Public Records Training/Complaint Disclosure: In pertinent part, requires mandatory training in open records and open meeting 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. Requires the Ethics Commission to provide access to financial disclosure forms through a searchable Internet database. 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. S. Ethics and Elections

  • House: A lengthy, substantive amendment making various changes to campaign finance disclosure and conflict of interest laws is adopted; the amendment, however, does not change the training or reporting requirements in CS/SB 2 noted above. The House passed CS/SB 2, as amended, unanimously.
  • Senate: The Senate concurred in the House amendment and passed CS/SB 2 unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

CS/SB 4 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. S. Ethics and Election

  • House: CS/SB 4 passed the House by a vote of 112/1, with Rep. José Rodríguez voting against the exemption. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

CS/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

  • House: Tabled; CS/SB 2 substituted. See CS/SB 2.

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

  • House: Tabled; CS/SB 4 substituted. See CS/SB 4.

FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

CS/SB 1868 Exemption/OFR – Payment Transaction 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, which 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. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. Now on S. Calendar. On the Senate Special Order Calendar for Monday, 4/29.

CS/HB 7135 Exemption/Financial Regulation Payments: HB 217 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.” HB 7135 creates a public record exemption for payment transaction information held by OFR, which identifies a licensee, payor, payee, or conductor contained in the database. Companion to SB 1868. Creates 560.312, F.S. H. Insurance and Banking Subcommittee 🙁

  • House: Passed CS/HB 7135 unanimously. Now in S. Messages.

FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

CS/SB 1150 Transparency/State Contracting: 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. Amends s. 119.12, relating to attorney fees, to stipulate that the reasonable cost of enforcing the public records law include reasonable attorney fees incurred in litigating entitlement to and the determination or quantification of attorney fees. 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. Companion to HB 1261 and HB 5401. Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) 🙂

  • Senate: Five minor amendments are adopted. The Senate passed CS/SB 1150 unanimously as amended. Now in H. Messages.

INVESTIGATIONS

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)

  • Senate: Substituted for CS/SB 1496. Passed the Senate unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

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. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. On Senate Special Order Calendar for Monday, 4/29.

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)

  • Senate: Tabled; HB 1297 substituted. See HB 1297.

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

  • Senate: Tabled; HB 7145 substituted. See HB 7145.

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 🙁

  • Senate: Passed the Senate by a vote of 38/1, with Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) voting against the exemption. Now in H. Messages.

HB 7145 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 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. HB 7145 reenacts the exemption with only minor technical changes. Companion to SB 1800. H. Government Operations Subcommittee

  • House: Passed the House unanimously.
  • Senate: Substituted for SB 1800; passed the Senate unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

PERSONAL INFORMATION

SB 1066 Exemption/Dental Workforce Surveys: Creates a public record exemption for all personal identifying information contained in dental workforce surveys completed by dentists and dental hygienists held by the Department of Health. Companion to HB 1115. Sen. Garrett Richter (R-Naples)

  • Senate: Passed unanimously. Now in H. Messages.

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)

  • Senate: Adopted one technical amendment. The Senate passed SB 1424 unanimously as amended. Now in H. Messages.

CS/SB 1768 OGSR/Personal Information – Paratransit Services: Reenacts, without modification, s. 119.071(5)(h), F.S., providing a public record exemption for personal identifying information of those receiving or applying for paratransit services. Companion to HB 7107. S. Transportation Committee

  • Senate: Passed CS/SB 1768 by a vote of 37/1, with Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) voting no.

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)

  • Senate: Substituted for CS/SB 714. The Senate passed CS/HB 649 unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

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)

  • Senate: Tabled; CS/HB 649 substituted. See CS/HB 649.

CS/HB 745 Exemption/Fracturing Chemical Usage Disclosure Act – Trade Secrets: HB 725 creates the Fracturing Chemical Usage Disclosure Act, directing the Division of Resource Management in DEP to establish an online hydraulic fracturing chemical registry. CS/HB 745 creates a public record exemption for trade secrets relating to hydraulic fracturing treatments obtained by the Division in connection with the online hydraulic fracturing chemical registry. Stipulates that the person submitting trade secret information must (1) request that the trade secret be kept confidential and exempt; (2) inform the division of the basis for claim of trade secret; and (3) clearly mark each page of a document or a specific portion of the document claimed to be trade secret as “trade secret.” Stipulates that if DEP receives a public record request for documents marked as trade secret, the department must notify the person asserting the claim, allowing that person 30 days to file a court action seeking a determination on whether the information is trade secret. Creates s. 377.45, F.S. Companion to SB 1776. Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Fort Myers)

  • House: Temporarily postponed on third reading. Placed on the H. Unfinished Business 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)

  • Senate: One minor amendment is adopted. The Senate passed CS/SB 834 unanimously as amended. Now in H. Messages.

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. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. On the Senate Special Order Calendar for Monday, 4/29.

CS/HB 1085 Exemption/Natural Gas Storage – Proprietary Business Information: CS/HB 1085 creates a public record exemption for proprietary business information held by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) related to applications for natural gas storage permits. “Proprietary business information” is defined as information that is owned or controlled by the applicant; is intended to be, and is treated as, private because disclosure would harm the applicant’s business operations; has not been otherwise disclosed except under certain, specified circumstances; and is not publicly available or otherwise readily ascertainable. The term includes: (1) trade secrets; (2) leasing plans, real property acquisition plans, explorations budgets, or marketing studies; and (3) competitive interests, which may include well design or completion plans, geological or engineering studies related to storage reservoir performance characteristics, or field utilization strategies or operating plans. Allows disclosure under certain circumstances, including pursuant to a court order. Creates s. 377.24075, F.S. Companion to SB 984. Rep. Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral)

  • House: Passed the House by a vote of 97/16, with all nay votes coming from Democrats. Now in S. Messages.

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

  • Senate: An amendment narrowing the exemption is adopted. As amended, SB 1850 creates a public record exemption for proprietary business information provided to the Citizen’s clearinghouse. The bill defines “proprietary business information” as information owned or controlled by an insurer which is (1) identified by the insurer as proprietary and is treated by the insurer as private in that disclosure would cause harm to the insurer’s business interests and has not otherwise been disclosed; and (2) not otherwise readily ascertainable or otherwise publicly available. Proprietary business information can include trade secrets and information relating to competitive interests, the disclosure of which would impair the competitive business of the insurer. Allows disclosure under certain specified conditions. Passed the Senate, as amended, by a vote of 36/2, with Sens. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) and John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) voting against the exemption. Now in H. Messages.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

CS/SB 304 OGSR/Agency Employees – Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Violence: Reenacts, without modification, the public record exemption for personal identifying information contained in records provided by an agency employee that relate to acts of domestic or sexual violence. Companion to HB 7079. Reenacts s. 741.313, F.S. S. Criminal Justice Committee

  • S. Rules Committee: Reported favorably. On the Senate Special Order Calendar for Monday, 4/29.

CS/SB 376 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 HB 731. Amends s. 119.071(4)(d)2, F.S. Companion to HB 731. Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) 🙁

  • Senate: Tabled; CS/HB 731 substituted. See CS/HB 731.

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) 🙁

  • Senate: Substituted for CS/SB 376 and passed the Senate unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

HB 7079 OGSR/Agency Employees – Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Violence: Reenacts, with minor technical modifications, the public record exemption for personal identifying information contained in records provided by an agency employee that relate to acts of domestic or sexual violence. Reenacts s. 741.313, F.S. Companion to SB 304. H. Government Operations Subcommittee

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

SCHOOLS

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)

  • Senate: Tabled; HB 7089 substituted. See HB 7089.

HB 7089 Exemption/School Lunch Program: HB 7087 shifts responsibilities for the school lunch program from the State Board of Education regarding school food and nutrition programs. HB 7089 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 to SB 1756. H. Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee

  • House: Passed the House by a vote of 115/1, with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Shalimar) voting against the exemption.
  • Senate: Passed HB 7089 unanimously. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

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: Two amendments are adopted. As amended, CS/HB 249 creates a public record exemption for email addresses of registered voters and voter registration applicants held by an agency and obtained for the purpose of voter registration. The bill, as amended, passed the House by a vote of 114/1, with Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda voting against the exemption.
  • Senate: Substituted the House bill for CS/CS 1260 and passed CS/HB 249 by a vote of 36/1, with Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park) voting no. PASSED THE LEGISLATURE

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) 🙁

  • Senate: Tabled; CS/HB 249 substituted. See CS/HB 249.

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