Florida Senate - 2011 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 432 Barcode 969274 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Health Regulation (Norman) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 790.338, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 790.338 Medical privacy concerning firearms; prohibitions; 8 penalties; exceptions.— 9 (1)(a) A verbal or written inquiry by any public or private 10 physician, nurse, or other medical staff person regarding the 11 ownership of a firearm by a patient or the family of a patient 12 or the presence of a firearm in a patient’s home or other 13 domicile violates the privacy of the patient or the patient’s 14 family, respectively, and is prohibited. 15 (b) Any public or private physician, nurse, or other 16 medical staff person may not condition receipt of medical 17 treatment or medical care on a person’s willingness or refusal 18 to disclose personal and private information unrelated to 19 medical treatment in violation of an individual’s privacy as 20 specified in this section. 21 (c) Any public or private physician, nurse, or other 22 medical staff person may not intentionally, accidentally, or 23 inadvertently enter any disclosed information concerning 24 firearms into any record, whether written or electronic, or 25 disclose such information to any other source. 26 (2)(a) A person who violates a provision of this section 27 commits a noncriminal violation as defined in s. 775.08, 28 punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 29 (b) If the court determines that the violation was knowing 30 and willful or that the person committing the prohibited act, in 31 the exercise of ordinary care, should have known the act was a 32 violation, the court shall assess a fine of not less than 33 $10,000 for the first offense, not less than $25,000 for the 34 second offense, and not less than $100,000 for the third and 35 subsequent offenses. The person found to have committed the 36 violation shall be personally liable for the payment of all 37 fines, costs, and fees assessed by the court for the noncriminal 38 violation. 39 (3) The state attorney in the circuit where the violation 40 is alleged to have occurred shall investigate complaints of 41 noncriminal violations of this section and, where the state 42 attorney determines probable cause that a violation exists, 43 shall prosecute violators in the circuit court where the 44 violation is alleged to have occurred. Any state attorney who 45 fails to execute his or her duties under this section may be 46 held accountable under the appropriate Florida rules of 47 professional conduct. 48 (4) The state attorney shall notify the Attorney General of 49 any fines assessed under this section, notwithstanding s. 50 28.246(6), and if a fine for a violation of this section remains 51 unpaid after 90 days, the Attorney General shall bring a civil 52 action to enforce the fine. 53 (5) Except as required by s. 16, Art. I of the State 54 Constitution or the Sixth Amendment to the United States 55 Constitution, public funds may not be used to defend the 56 unlawful conduct of any person charged with a knowing and 57 willful violation of this section. 58 (6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, it 59 is not a violation for: 60 (a) Any psychiatrist as defined in s. 394.455, psychologist 61 as defined in s. 490.003, school psychologist as defined in s. 62 490.003, clinical social worker as defined in s. 491.003, or 63 public or private physician, nurse, or other medical personnel 64 to make an inquiry prohibited by paragraph (1)(a) if the person 65 making the inquiry in good faith believes that the possession or 66 control of a firearm or ammunition by the patient or another 67 member of the patient’s household would pose an imminent danger 68 or threat to the patient or others. 69 (b) Any public or private physician, nurse, or other 70 medical personnel to make an inquiry prohibited by paragraph 71 (1)(a) if such inquiry is necessary to treat a patient during 72 the course and scope of a medical emergency which specifically 73 includes, but is not limited to, a mental health or psychotic 74 episode where the patient’s conduct or symptoms reasonably 75 indicate that the patient has the capacity of causing harm to 76 himself, herself, or others. 77 (c) Any public or private physician, nurse, or other 78 medical personnel to enter any of the information disclosed 79 pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) into any record, whether 80 written or electronic. 81 82 However, a patient’s response to any inquiry permissible under 83 this subsection shall be private and may not be disclosed to any 84 third party not participating in the treatment of the patient 85 other than a law enforcement officer conducting an active 86 investigation involving the patient or the events giving rise to 87 a medical emergency. The exceptions provided by this subsection 88 do not apply to inquiries made due to a person’s general belief 89 that firearms or ammunition are harmful to health or safety. 90 (7) Medical records created on or before the effective date 91 of this act do not violate this section, nor is it a violation 92 of this section to transfer such records to another health care 93 provider. 94 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law. 95 96 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 97 And the title is amended as follows: 98 Delete everything before the enacting clause 99 and insert: 100 A bill to be entitled 101 An act relating to the privacy of firearms owners; 102 creating s. 790.338, F.S.; prohibiting physicians or 103 other medical personnel from inquiring, either 104 verbally or in writing, about the ownership of a 105 firearm by a patient or the family of a patient or the 106 presence of a firearm in a patient’s private home or 107 other domicile; prohibiting conditioning the receipt 108 of medical treatment or care on a person’s willingness 109 or refusal to disclose personal and private 110 information unrelated to medical treatment in 111 violation of an individual’s privacy contrary to 112 specified provisions; prohibiting entry of certain 113 information concerning firearms into medical records 114 or disclosure of such information by specified 115 individuals; providing noncriminal penalties; 116 providing for prosecution of violations; requiring 117 informing the Attorney General of prosecution of 118 violations; providing for collection of fines by the 119 Attorney General in certain circumstances; providing 120 exemptions; providing an effective date.