Florida Senate - 2016 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
Bill No. SB 1220
Senate . House
Comm: RS .
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
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.