Florida Senate - 2014 CS for SB 414 By the Committee on Education; and Senator Dean 581-03198-14 2014414c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; providing an 3 exemption from public records requirements for 4 personal identifying information of certain animal 5 researchers at public research facilities, including 6 state universities; providing for retroactive 7 applicability of the exemption; providing for future 8 legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 9 providing a statement of public necessity; providing 10 an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. (1) Personal identifying information of a person 15 employed by, under contract with, or volunteering for a public 16 research facility, including a state university, that conducts 17 animal research or is engaged in activities related to animal 18 research, is exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 19 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution, when such 20 information is contained in the following records: 21 (a) Animal records, including animal care and treatment 22 records. 23 (b) Research protocols and approvals. 24 (c) Purchasing, funding, and billing records related to 25 animal research or activities. 26 (d) Animal care and use committee records. 27 (e) Facility and laboratory records related to animal 28 research or activities. 29 (2) This exemption applies to personal identifying 30 information as described in subsection (1) held by a public 31 research facility, including a state university, before, on, or 32 after the effective date of this exemption. 33 (3) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 34 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15, Florida Statutes, and 35 shall stand repealed on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and 36 saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 37 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 38 necessity that personal identifying information of a person who 39 is employed by, under contract with, or volunteering for a 40 public research facility, including a state university, that 41 conducts animal research or is engaged in activities related to 42 animal research, be made exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida 43 Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. The 44 Legislature also finds that it is a public necessity that this 45 exemption apply to such personal identifying information held by 46 a public research facility, including a state university, 47 before, on, or after the effective date of the exemption. The 48 Legislature finds that the release of such personal identifying 49 information will place such persons in danger of threats and 50 harassment as well as physical and emotional harm from those who 51 advocate against such research. University employees have been 52 harassed and threatened after animal care records that included 53 their personal identifying information were disclosed pursuant 54 to public records requests. Thus, the Legislature finds that the 55 harm and threat to such persons’ safety which results from the 56 release of personal identifying information in records about the 57 animals or about the animal research outweighs any public 58 benefit that may be derived from the disclosure of the 59 information. The public research facilities, including state 60 universities, remain responsible and accountable for the animal 61 research conducted at their institutions. 62 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.