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CS/HB 7007 — Public Records/Payment of Toll and Associated Charges

by Economic Affairs Committee; Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee; and Rep. Artilles and others (CS/SB 616 by Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee; and Senator Evers)

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

Prepared by: Transportation Committee (TR)

The bill expands the existing public records exemption for personal identifying information held by the Department of Transportation, a county, or an expressway authority for the purpose of using a credit card, charge card, or check for the prepayment of electronic toll facilities charges.

Specifically, this bill expands the exemption to include personal identifying information held by a municipality. It also removes references to specific payment types and instead provides the exemption applies to personal identifying information of individuals held for the purpose of paying, prepaying, or collecting tolls and associated charges. This includes personal identifying information of Toll-By-Plate customers, who are invoiced and make payment after a toll is incurred. Finally, this bill protects personal identifying information that has been or is currently held by the Department of Transportation, a county, an expressway or a municipality.

The bill provides for repeal of the exemption pursuant to the Open Government Sunset Review Act on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and reenacted by the Legislature. It also provides a statement of public necessity as required by the Florida Constitution.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect upon becoming law. 

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 117-0