Florida Senate - 2014 SB 520 By Senator Richter 23-00421-14 2014520__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; creating s. 3 466.051, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for information contained in 5 dental workforce surveys submitted by dentists or 6 dental hygienists to the Department of Health; 7 providing exceptions to the exemption; providing for 8 future legislative review and repeal of the exemption 9 under the Open Government Sunset Review Act; providing 10 a statement of public necessity; providing an 11 effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 466.051, Florida Statutes, is created to 16 read: 17 466.051 Confidentiality of certain information contained in 18 dental workforce surveys.— 19 (1) Personal identifying information that is contained in a 20 record provided by a dentist or dental hygienist licensed under 21 this chapter in response to a dental workforce survey and held 22 by the Department of Health is confidential and exempt from s. 23 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. 24 Personal identifying information in such a record: 25 (a) Shall be disclosed with the express written consent of 26 the individual to whom the information pertains or the 27 individual’s legally authorized representative. 28 (b) Shall be disclosed by court order upon a showing of 29 good cause. 30 (c) May be disclosed to a research entity, if the entity 31 seeks the records or data pursuant to a research protocol 32 approved by the Department of Health, maintains the records or 33 data in accordance with the approved protocol, and enters into a 34 purchase and data-use agreement with the department, the fee 35 provisions of which are consistent with s. 119.07(4). The 36 department may deny a request for records or data if the 37 protocol provides for intrusive follow-back contacts, does not 38 plan for the destruction of the confidential records after the 39 research is concluded, is administratively burdensome, or does 40 not have scientific merit. The agreement must prohibit the 41 release of information by the research entity which would 42 identify individuals, limit the use of records or data to the 43 approved research protocol, and prohibit any other use of the 44 records or data. Copies of records or data issued pursuant to 45 this paragraph remain the property of the department. 46 (2) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 47 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 48 on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 49 through reenactment by the Legislature. 50 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 51 necessity that personal identifying information that is 52 contained in a record provided by a dentist or dental hygienist 53 licensed under chapter 466, Florida Statutes, who responds to a 54 dental workforce survey be made confidential and exempt from 55 disclosure. Candid and honest responses by licensed dentists or 56 dental hygienists to the workforce survey will ensure that 57 timely and accurate information is available to the Department 58 of Health. The Legislature finds that the failure to maintain 59 the confidentiality of such personal identifying information 60 would prevent the resolution of important state interests to 61 ensure the availability of dentists or dental hygienists in this 62 state. 63 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.