Florida Senate - 2015 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 716 Ì342510fÎ342510 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/20/2015 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Regulated Industries (Bean) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 474.2167, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 474.2167 Confidentiality of animal medical records.— 8 (1) The following records held by any state college of 9 veterinary medicine that is accredited by the American 10 Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education are 11 confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I 12 of the State Constitution: 13 (a) A medical record generated which relates to diagnosing 14 the medical condition of an animal; prescribing, dispensing, or 15 administering drugs, medicine, appliances, applications, or 16 treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure, or relief 17 of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, or disease of an animal; or 18 performing a manual procedure for the diagnosis of or treatment 19 for pregnancy, fertility, or infertility of an animal; and 20 (b) A medical record described in paragraph (a) which is 21 transferred by a previous record owner in connection with the 22 transaction of official business by a state college of 23 veterinary medicine that is accredited by the American 24 Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. 25 (2) A record made confidential and exempt under subsection 26 (1) may be disclosed to another governmental entity in the 27 performance of its duties and responsibilities. 28 (3) The exemption from public records requirements under 29 subsection (1) applies to animal medical records held before, 30 on, or after the effective date of this exemption. 31 (4) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 32 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 33 on October 2, 2020, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 34 through reenactment by the Legislature. 35 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 36 necessity that a medical record generated which relates to 37 diagnosing the medical condition of an animal; prescribing, 38 dispensing, or administering drugs, medicine, appliances, 39 applications, or treatment of whatever nature for the 40 prevention, cure, or relief of a wound, fracture, bodily injury, 41 or disease of an animal; or performing a manual procedure for 42 the diagnosis of or treatment for pregnancy or fertility or 43 infertility of an animal, which is held by a state college of 44 veterinary medicine that is accredited by the American 45 Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, be made 46 confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and 47 s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. The Legislature 48 also finds that it is a public necessity that any such medical 49 record that is transferred by a previous records owner in 50 connection with the transaction of official business by a state 51 college of veterinary medicine that is accredited by the 52 American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and 53 that is held by such state college be made confidential and 54 exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), 55 Article I of the State Constitution. The Legislature also finds 56 that it is a public necessity that this exemption apply to such 57 animal medical records held by such a state college of 58 veterinary medicine before, on, or after the effective date of 59 the exemption. The Legislature finds that the release of such 60 animal medical records will compromise the confidentiality 61 protections otherwise afforded to animals and the owners or 62 agents of such animals treated by licensed veterinarians. The 63 Legislature finds that owners or agents of animals have the 64 right to the privacy of the medical records of their animals. 65 The Legislature finds that the privacy concerns that result from 66 the release of animal medical records outweigh any public 67 benefit that may be derived from the disclosure of the 68 information. 69 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015. 70 71 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 72 And the title is amended as follows: 73 Delete everything before the enacting clause 74 and insert: 75 A bill to be entitled 76 An act relating to public records; creating s. 77 474.2167, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 78 records requirements for certain animal medical 79 records held by a state college of veterinary medicine 80 that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical 81 Association Council on Education; authorizing 82 disclosure under certain circumstances; providing for 83 retroactive applicability of the exemption; providing 84 for future legislative review and repeal of the 85 exemption; providing a statement of public necessity; 86 providing an effective date.