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CS/CS/SB 238 — Public Records/Names of Spouses and Children of Public Defenders and Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel

by Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee; Criminal Justice Committee; and Senator Joyner

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Criminal Justice Committee (CJ)

The bill expands an existing public records exemption for certain personal identification and location information of current and former public defenders, of current and former criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, and of the spouses and children of such defenders and counsel. This bill provides that the exemption also protects the names of such spouses and children. 

The addition to the exemption is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act and will repeal on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the Legislature. The bill also clarifies the existing, general Open Government Sunset Review Act repeal date for agency personnel public records exemptions. 

The bill contains a statement of public necessity as required by the Florida Constitution.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2014.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 115-0