Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1220
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: RS            .                                
                  01/26/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability
       (Hays) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 119.12, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         119.12 Attorney Attorney’s fees.—If a civil action is filed
    8  against an agency to enforce the provisions of this chapter, and
    9  if the court determines that such agency unlawfully refused to
   10  permit a public record to be inspected or copied, the court may
   11  shall assess and award, against the agency responsible, the
   12  reasonable costs of enforcement, including reasonable attorney
   13  attorneys’ fees, against the responsible agency. However, if the
   14  court determines that the request to inspect or copy a public
   15  record was made in bad faith or was frivolous, the court may not
   16  award any reasonable costs of enforcement, including reasonable
   17  attorney fees, against the responsible agency.
   18         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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   21  And the title is amended as follows:
   22         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   23  and insert:
   24                        A bill to be entitled                      
   25         An act relating to public records; amending s. 119.12,
   26         F.S.; specifying the circumstances under which a court
   27         may assess and award the reasonable costs of
   28         enforcement against an agency in a civil action to
   29         enforce ch. 119, F.S.; providing an effective date.