Florida Senate - 2017 SB 372 By Senator Stargel 22-00467-17 2017372__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to reemployment assistance fraud; 3 amending s. 322.142, F.S.; authorizing reproductions 4 from certain files or digital records maintained by 5 the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to 6 be made and issued to the Department of Economic 7 Opportunity pursuant to an interagency agreement for 8 specified purposes; providing an effective date. 9 10 WHEREAS, the incidence of identity theft and the resulting 11 fraud has reached a crisis level, and 12 WHEREAS, identity theft is especially problematic in this 13 state, and the Federal Trade Commission reports that Florida has 14 the highest per capita rate of reported fraud in the nation, and 15 WHEREAS, stolen identities are used to commit an ever 16 expanding range of fraud, including public assistance fraud, and 17 WHEREAS, identity theft and related fraud harm those whose 18 identities are stolen, rob the social safety net of precious 19 resources, impose unwarranted costs on taxpayers, and undermine 20 public confidence in government, and 21 WHEREAS, the Department of Economic Opportunity’s efforts 22 to detect, prevent, and prosecute fraud have revealed that 23 thousands of fraudulent claims for reemployment assistance are 24 being filed, and 25 WHEREAS, the Department of Economic Opportunity has made 26 prevention, detection, and prosecution of reemployment 27 assistance fraud a top priority and has identified additional 28 resources and tools necessary to effectively combat fraud, NOW, 29 THEREFORE, 30 31 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 32 33 Section 1. Present paragraphs (k), (l), and (m) of 34 subsection (4) of section 322.142, Florida Statutes, are 35 redesignated as paragraphs (l), (m), and (n), respectively, and 36 a new paragraph (k) is added to that subsection, to read: 37 322.142 Color photographic or digital imaged licenses.— 38 (4) The department may maintain a film negative or print 39 file. The department shall maintain a record of the digital 40 image and signature of the licensees, together with other data 41 required by the department for identification and retrieval. 42 Reproductions from the file or digital record are exempt from 43 the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and may be made and issued only: 44 (k) To the Department of Economic Opportunity pursuant to 45 an interagency agreement to facilitate the validation of 46 reemployment assistance claims and the identification of 47 fraudulent or false reemployment assistance claims. 48 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.