Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1072
       By Senator Hutson
       7-01745-17                                            20171072__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to public records; specifying that
    3         certain voter registration information and data from
    4         another state obtained by the Secretary of State,
    5         which is confidential under the laws of such state, is
    6         confidential and exempt from public records
    7         requirements; providing a statement of public
    8         necessity; providing a contingent effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Information and data received by the Secretary
   13  of State relating to the statewide voter registration system
   14  pursuant to s. 97.012(17), Florida Statutes, and that is
   15  confidential in its state of origin, is confidential and exempt
   16  from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of
   17  the State Constitution.
   18         Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public
   19  necessity that voter registration information received from
   20  other states in conjunction with an information sharing
   21  agreement associated with the maintenance of the statewide voter
   22  registration system be made confidential and exempt from s.
   23  119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the
   24  State Constitution, to the extent that the information received
   25  is confidential in the state from which it is received.
   26  Participating in agreements to share information and data with
   27  other states is critical to ensuring the statewide voter
   28  registration system does not contain ineligible voters.
   29  Maintaining a statewide voter registration system with only
   30  legally qualified voters is critical to fair elections in this
   31  state.
   32         Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that
   33  SB ___ or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation
   34  is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension
   35  thereof and becomes a law.