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CS/SB 1140 — Public Records/Division of Emergency Management/ Emergency Planning

by Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee; and Senator Hays

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

Prepared by: Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee (MS)

The bill creates a public records exemption for any information provided to the Division of Emergency Management (DEM) by an individual or a business for the purpose of receiving assistance with emergency planning. The exemption applies retroactively to information held by the DEM before, on, or after the effective date of the bill.

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

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

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 116-0