Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1072
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/04/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Hutson) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section
    6  98.075, Florida Statutes, as created by CS/SB 1070, 2017 Regular
    7  Session, is amended to read:
    8         98.075 Registration records maintenance activities;
    9  ineligibility determinations.—
   10         (2) DUPLICATE REGISTRATION.—
   11         (b)1. The department may enter into interstate agreements
   12  to share and exchange information in order to verify voter
   13  registration information. The department shall provide such
   14  information to the supervisors to conduct registration list
   15  maintenance activities.
   16         2. The department may only participate in an interstate
   17  agreement that is controlled and operated by the participating
   18  states. The interstate agreement may not be operated or
   19  controlled by the Federal Government or any other entity acting
   20  on behalf of the Federal Government. The department must be able
   21  to withdraw from any interstate agreement entered into at any
   22  time.
   23         3. If the department enters into an interstate agreement,
   24  the department must submit a report to the Governor, the
   25  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   26  Representatives by December 1 of each year. The report must
   27  describe the agreement and provide information on the total
   28  number of voters removed from the voter registration system as a
   29  result of the agreement and the reasons for their removal.
   30         4.Information received by the department, pursuant to an
   31  interstate agreement, from another state which is confidential
   32  or exempt pursuant to the laws of that state, is exempt from s.
   33  119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This
   34  subparagraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act
   35  in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October
   36  2, 2022, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through
   37  reenactment by the Legislature.
   38         Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public
   39  necessity that information received by the Department of State,
   40  pursuant to an interstate agreement entered into under s.
   41  98.075(2)(b), Florida Statutes, from another state which is
   42  confidential or exempt pursuant to the laws of that state be
   43  made exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a),
   44  Article I of the State Constitution. Participating in interstate
   45  agreements to share and exchange information with other states
   46  in order to verify voter registration information is critical to
   47  ensuring the accuracy of the statewide voter registration
   48  system. Maintaining an accurate statewide voter registration
   49  system is critical to fair elections in this state. Without the
   50  public records exemption, the department will be unable to
   51  receive information from other states that might otherwise be
   52  confidential or exempt pursuant to the laws of those states,
   53  which would impair the ability of the department and supervisors
   54  of elections to maintain accurate voter rolls. As a result, the
   55  effective and efficient administration of the statewide voter
   56  registration system would be hindered.
   57         Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that
   58  CS/SB 1070 or similar legislation takes effect, if such
   59  legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an
   60  extension thereof and becomes a law.
   62  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   63  And the title is amended as follows:
   64         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   65  and insert:
   66                        A bill to be entitled                      
   67         An act relating to public records; amending s. 98.075,
   68         F.S.; creating a public records exemption for certain
   69         information received by the Department of State from
   70         another state which is confidential or exempt pursuant
   71         to the laws of that state; providing for future
   72         legislative review and repeal of the exemption;
   73         providing a statement of public necessity; providing a
   74         contingent effective date.