Florida Senate - 2011                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1970
                                Barcode 272688                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/10/2011           .                                

       The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability
       (Ring) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 26 - 41
    4  and insert:
    5  Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) be made
    6  exempt from s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. As
    7  required by the Legislature, OPPAGA may provide independent
    8  evaluative research and objective analyses to promote government
    9  accountability and the efficient and effective use of public
   10  resources. In order for OPPAGA to accomplish this mission, it is
   11  necessary that individuals and businesses share information with
   12  OPPAGA staff without concerns of competitive disadvantage,
   13  disclosure, or reprisals. Private sector business entities have
   14  legitimate concerns that information provided to assist the
   15  Legislature in directing policy initiatives has protection from
   16  those in the marketplace who could gain financially from the
   17  ability to access information collected by OPPAGA. In addition,
   18  supervisors and others often want to know