Florida Senate - 2015 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 248 Ì328126&Î328126 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/17/2015 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability (Ring) recommended the following: 1 Senate Substitute for Amendment (252982) (with title 2 amendment) 3 4 Delete everything after the enacting clause 5 and insert: 6 Section 1. Paragraph (l) is added to subsection (2) of 7 section 119.071, Florida Statutes, to read: 8 119.071 General exemptions from inspection or copying of 9 public records.— 10 (2) AGENCY INVESTIGATIONS.— 11 (l)1. As used in this paragraph, the term: 12 a. “Body camera” means a portable electronic recording 13 device that is worn on a law enforcement officer’s body and that 14 records audio and video data of the officer’s activities. 15 b. “Personal representative” means a parent, a court 16 appointed guardian, or a person holding a power of attorney of a 17 person recorded by a body camera, or an attorney for such 18 person. If a person depicted in the recording is deceased, the 19 term also means the personal representative of the estate of the 20 deceased person; the deceased person’s surviving spouse, parent, 21 or adult child; the parent or guardian of a surviving minor 22 child of the deceased; or an attorney for such person. 23 2. A body camera recording is confidential and exempt from 24 s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. 25 3. A body camera recording, or a portion thereof, may be 26 disclosed by a law enforcement agency: 27 a. In furtherance of its official duties and 28 responsibilities; 29 b. To another governmental agency in the furtherance of its 30 official duties and responsibilities; 31 c. Pursuant to a court order; 32 d. To a person recorded by a body camera; however, a law 33 enforcement agency may disclose only the portions that are 34 relevant to the person’s presence in the recording; or 35 e. To the personal representative of a person recorded by a 36 body camera; however, a law enforcement agency may disclose only 37 the portions that are relevant to the represented person’s 38 presence in the recording. 39 4. A law enforcement agency must retain a body camera 40 recording for a minimum of 90 days. 41 5. The exemption provided in subparagraph 2. applies 42 retroactively. 43 6. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset 44 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 45 on October 2, 2020, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 46 through reenactment by the Legislature. 47 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 48 necessity that body camera recordings are confidential and 49 exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), 50 Article I of the State Constitution. The Legislature finds that 51 information recorded by body cameras is significantly more 52 likely to capture highly sensitive personal information than 53 other law enforcement recordings or documents. The Legislature 54 finds that public disclosure of these recordings could have an 55 undesirable chilling effect. People who know that they are being 56 recorded by a body camera may be unwilling to fully cooperate 57 with law enforcement officers if they know that a body camera 58 recording can be made available to anyone in the public. People 59 may also be less likely to call a law enforcement agency for 60 services if their sensitive personal information or the 61 circumstances that necessitate a law enforcement agency’s 62 involvement are subject to public dissemination as a body camera 63 recording. The Legislature also finds that body camera 64 recordings could be used for criminal purposes if they were 65 available upon request. This exemption from public records 66 requirements allows law enforcement officers to more effectively 67 and efficiently administer their duties, which would otherwise 68 be significantly impaired. The Legislature finds that these 69 concerns regarding the impact of the public records requirements 70 for body camera recordings not only necessitate the exemption of 71 the recordings from the public records requirements but also 72 outweigh any public benefit that may be derived from the 73 disclosure of the recordings. 74 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015. 75 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 76 And the title is amended as follows: 77 Delete everything before the enacting clause 78 and insert: 79 A bill to be entitled 80 An act relating to public records; amending s. 81 119.071, F.S.; defining the terms “body camera” and 82 “personal representative”; providing that a body 83 camera recording made is confidential and exempt from 84 public records requirements; providing exceptions; 85 requiring a law enforcement agency to retain body 86 camera recordings for a minimum period; providing for 87 retroactive application; providing for future 88 legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 89 providing a statement of public necessity; providing 90 an effective date.