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CS/SB 390 — Public Records/Identifying Information of Personnel of Department of Health

by Health Policy 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: Health Policy Committee (HP)

The bill creates a public records exemption for identification and location information of certain current and former personnel of the Department of Health (DOH), their spouses, and their children. The exemption applies to records of those personnel whose duties include, or result in, the determination or adjudication of eligibility for social security disability benefits, the investigation or prosecution of complaints against health care practitioners, or the inspection of health care practitioners or health care facilities. The information that is exempt includes: 

  • The home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of the DOH personnel;
  • The names, home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and places of employment of their spouses and children; and
  • The names and locations of schools and day care facilities attended by the children of the DOH personnel.

The exemption is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act and will stand repealed on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and reenacted by the Legislature.

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

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 116-0