2006 Florida Legislative Review

During the 2006 session, Florida lawmakers passed 10 new exemptions to the state's open government laws. An exemption is a law that clearly states certain records cannot be made public or certain meetings are not required to be open to the public.

The exemptions passed in 2006 include confidentiality for applicants, recipients of concealed weapons permits, biometric fingerprint information, planned land acquisition for the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, some information related to the innovation incentive program, and the home address of Juvenile Justice employees.

Click here for details on each of the exemptions.

Seven of the ten exemptions were passed unanimously by legislators in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. In fact, all of the exemptions were passed unanimously by Florida Senators.

The three exemptions that faced the most resistance by Representatives were the ones related to the innovation incentive program, concealed weapons permits, and the home address of Department Juvenile Justice employees. The innovation incentive program exemption exempts indentification numbers, trade secrets, wages, proprietary information, stipulated taxes, and Department of Defense sales percentages. The concealed weapons permit is a retroactive exemption that exempts indentifing information of concealed weapon permit applicants except to law enforcement and homeland security. Thirty-three representatives voted against the innovation incentive program exemption; 27 voted against both the home address for Juvenile Justice employees and the concealed weapon permits exemptions.

To find out how your representative voted on open government laws in 2006, first use the map below to find your district number. Next, click on the district numbers below for your representative's voting record.

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