2007 Florida Legislative Review

During the 2007 session, Florida lawmakers passed 11 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 2007 include confidentiality for identifying information of state employees who submit domestic violence documents, Lifeline Assistance participants, and donors to historic preservation and historic landmarks, also for trade secret or proprietary business information, random drug test results of high school athletes, workforce surveys completed by physicians, records held by the Florida Workers' Compensation Joint Underwriting Association, and specified U.S. Census bureau and economic development agency information.

Click here for details on each of the exemptions.

Ten of the eleven exemptions were passed unanimously by legislators in the Florida House of Representatives. All of the exemptions were passed unanimously by Florida Senators.

One legislator voted against HB 7201, the exemption for economic development agencies (EDAs). HB 7201 creates an exemption for proprietary confidential business information, trade secrets, federal identification numbers, unemployment compensation numbers and Florida sales tax registration numbers held by EDAs.

To find out how your representative voted on open government laws in 2007, 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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