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HB 7095 — OGSR/Local Government Electric Utility

by Government Accountability Committee and Rep. McClain (CS/SB 7008 by Rules Committee; and Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee)

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

Prepared by: Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee (CU)

The bill removes the scheduled repeal of the public records exemption for proprietary confidential business information held by a local government electric utility in conjunction with either a due diligence review of an electric project or a project to improve the delivery, cost, or diversification of fuel or renewable energy resources. As a result, these records will remain exempt from disclosure requirements under public records law.

The bill also narrows and clarifies the information that is considered proprietary confidential. First, it removes the phrase “but not limited to” in the context of the list of types of information included in the phrase “proprietary confidential business information.” Second, the bill clarifies the meaning of the term “trade secrets” by referencing the existing definition in s. 688.002, F.S.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect October 1, 2018.

Vote: Senate 34-0; House 113-0