Florida Senate - 2017 CS for CS for SB 1072 By the Committees on Governmental Oversight and Accountability; and Ethics and Elections; and Senator Hutson 585-03991-17 20171072c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 98.075, 3 F.S.; creating a public records exemption for certain 4 information received by the Department of State from 5 another state, through an interstate agreement or a 6 membership in a nongovernmental entity whose 7 membership is solely composed of state government 8 election officials for the sole purpose of sharing and 9 exchanging information in order to verify voter 10 registration information, which is confidential or 11 exempt pursuant to the laws of that state; providing 12 for future legislative review and repeal of the 13 exemption; providing a statement of public necessity; 14 providing a contingent effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (2) of 19 section 98.075, Florida Statutes, as amended by CS/SB 1070, 20 enacted in the 2017 Regular Session, to read: 21 98.075 Registration records maintenance activities; 22 ineligibility determinations.— 23 (2) DUPLICATE REGISTRATION.— 24 (c) Information received by the department from another 25 state, through an interstate agreement or a membership in a 26 nongovernmental entity that is solely composed of state 27 government election officials for the sole purpose of sharing 28 and exchanging information in order to verify voter registration 29 information, which is confidential or exempt pursuant to the 30 laws of that state, is exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), 31 Art. I of the State Constitution. This paragraph is subject to 32 the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 33 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2022, unless 34 reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the 35 Legislature. 36 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 37 necessity that information received by the Department of State 38 from another state through an interstate agreement entered into 39 under s. 98.075(2), Florida Statutes, or through a membership in 40 a nongovernmental entity that is solely composed of state 41 government election officials for the sole purpose of sharing 42 and exchanging information in order to verify voter registration 43 information, which is confidential or exempt pursuant to the 44 laws of that state be made exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida 45 Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. 46 Participating in interstate agreements or nongovernmental 47 entities to share and exchange information with other states in 48 order to verify voter registration information is critical to 49 ensuring the accuracy of the statewide voter registration 50 system. Maintaining an accurate statewide voter registration 51 system is critical to fair elections in this state. Without the 52 public records exemption, the department will be unable to 53 receive information from other states which might otherwise be 54 confidential or exempt pursuant to the laws of those states, 55 which would impair the ability of the department and supervisors 56 of elections to maintain accurate voter rolls. As a result, the 57 effective and efficient administration of the statewide voter 58 registration system would be hindered. 59 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 60 CS/SB 1070 or similar legislation takes effect, if such 61 legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an 62 extension thereof and becomes a law.