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CS/SB 1108 — Public Records/Firefighters and their Spouses and Children

by Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee and Senator Steube

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

Prepared by: Banking and Insurance Committee (BI)

The bill expands an existing public records exemption in s. 119.071(4)(d)2.b., F.S., for the personal identifying information of current firefighters, their spouses, and children. The expansion will extend the public records exemption to former firefighters and their families. The records exempted are the names of the spouses and children, home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, photographs, places of employment, and the names and locations of schools and day care facilities attended by the children of firefighters.

The public records exemption is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15, F.S. The exemption will stand repealed on October 2, 2022, unless the Legislature reviews the exemption and saves it from repeal through reenactment.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2017.

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 120-0