TALLAHASSEE –The following six bills enacted during the 2010 legislative session create new exemptions or expand existing exemptions to the state Public Records and Open Meetings laws. The bills become law unless vetoed by Gov. Charlie Crist.
Copies of the legislation are available at the Florida Legislature’s Web site (www.leg.state.fl.us). Chief sponsors of the bills are in parentheses at the end of the summaries. SB=Senate Bill; HB=House Bill; CS = Committee Substitute.
CS/SB 312 Home Addresses – Public Defenders: Creates an exemption to the Public Records Law for home addresses, telephone numbers and photos of current or former public defenders. The exemption also applies to criminal conflict and civil regional counsel. Home addresses, phone numbers and workplaces of spouses and children are also exempted, as are names and locations of schools or daycares attended by their children. (Jones, R-Seminole). Signed by Gov. Crist, June 1.
CS/HB 393 Public Transit Providers: Creates an exemption to the Public Records Law for personal identifying information held by a public transit provider for the purposes of prepaid fares. (Bovo, R-Hialeah). Signed by Gov. Crist, June 3.
CS/HB 551 County Conduct Complaints: Expands the exemption for complaints and records relating to investigations by the Ethics Commission to include records held by counties and cities with local investigatory processes. This expansion of Section 112.324, Fla. Stat., applies until a probable cause determination is made, the complaint is dismissed or the accused person requests disclosure. (Eisnaugle, R-Orlando). Signed by Gov. Crist, May 27.
CS/HB 1059 DFS – Examination Techniques & Procedures: Creates an exemption to the Public Records Law for information revealing examination techniques or procedures utilized by the Office of Financial Regulation, defined as “methods, processes, and guidelines used to evaluate regulatory compliance and to collect and analyze data, records, and testimony for the purpose of documenting” legal or rule violations. (Domino, R-Juno Beach). Signed by Gov. Crist, May 11.
HB 7017 Credit Histories and Credit Scores: Exempts credit histories and scores of mortgage broker licensees contained in records of the Office of Financial Regulation. (Workman, R-Melbourne). Signed by Gov. Crist, May 28.
HB 7079 Voter Registration Records: Exempts Social Security number, driver's license number and Florida identification number of a voter registration applicant or a voter. Prohibits copying voter registration applications and signature. Expanded to exempt declinations to register information related to where voter registered or update information. Exempts names, addresses and phone numbers of people who reasonably believe they are being stalked and whose names are held by the Florida Attorney General's Office.(H Governmental Affairs Policay Committee) Singed by Gov. Crist, May 26
Source: First Amendment Foundation, http://www.flsenate.gov and http://www.myfloridahouse.gov