Florida Senate - 2014 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 414 Ì3143486Î314348 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/25/2014 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. (1) Personal identifying information of a person 6 employed by, under contract with, or volunteering for a public 7 research facility, including a state university, that conducts 8 animal research or is engaged in activities related to animal 9 research, is exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 10 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution, when such 11 information is contained in the following records: 12 (a) Animal records, including animal care and treatment 13 records. 14 (b) Research protocols and approvals. 15 (c) Purchasing, funding, and billing records related to 16 animal research or activities. 17 (d) Animal care and use committee records. 18 (e) Facility and laboratory records related to animal 19 research or activities. 20 (2) This exemption applies to personal identifying 21 information as described in subsection (1) held by a public 22 research facility, including a state university, before, on, or 23 after the effective date of this exemption. 24 (3) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 25 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15, Florida Statutes, and 26 shall stand repealed on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and 27 saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 28 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 29 necessity that personal identifying information of a person who 30 is employed by, under contract with, or volunteering for a 31 public research facility, including a state university, that 32 conducts animal research or is engaged in activities related to 33 animal research, be made exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida 34 Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. The 35 Legislature also finds that it is a public necessity that this 36 exemption apply to such personal identifying information held by 37 a public research facility, including a state university, 38 before, on, or after the effective date of the exemption. The 39 Legislature finds that the release of such personal identifying 40 information will place such persons in danger of threats and 41 harassment as well as physical and emotional harm from those who 42 advocate against such research. University employees have been 43 harassed and threatened after animal care records that included 44 their personal identifying information were disclosed pursuant 45 to public records requests. Thus, the Legislature finds that the 46 harm and threat to such persons’ safety which results from the 47 release of personal identifying information in records about the 48 animals or about the animal research outweighs any public 49 benefit that may be derived from the disclosure of the 50 information. The public research facilities, including state 51 universities, remain responsible and accountable for the animal 52 research conducted at their institutions. 53 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014. 54 55 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 56 And the title is amended as follows: 57 Delete everything before the enacting clause 58 and insert: 59 A bill to be entitled 60 An act relating to public records; providing an 61 exemption from public records requirements for 62 personal identifying information of certain animal 63 researchers at public research facilities, including 64 state universities; providing for retroactive 65 applicability of the exemption; providing for future 66 legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 67 providing a statement of public necessity; providing 68 an effective date.