Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 492
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/21/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Young)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (m) is added to subsection (2) of
    6  section 119.071, Florida Statutes, to read:
    7         119.071 General exemptions from inspection or copying of
    8  public records.—
    9         (2) AGENCY INVESTIGATIONS.—
   10         (m)Personal identifying information of the alleged victim
   11  in an allegation of sexual harassment is confidential and exempt
   12  from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State
   13  Constitution. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government
   14  Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand
   15  repealed on October 2, 2022, unless reviewed and saved from
   16  repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.
   17         Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public
   18  necessity that personal identifying information of the alleged
   19  victim in an allegation of sexual harassment be made
   20  confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and
   21  s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. The disclosure of
   22  such information could harm alleged victims by placing them at
   23  risk of further harassment and retaliation. Additionally, the
   24  potential for disclosure of such information could create a
   25  disincentive for victims to report instances of harassment. The
   26  Legislature finds that the potential harm that may result from
   27  the release of such information outweighs any public benefit
   28  that may be derived from the disclosure of such information.
   29         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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   32  And the title is amended as follows:
   33         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   34  and insert:
   35                        A bill to be entitled                      
   36         An act relating to public records; amending s.
   37         119.071, F.S.; providing an exemption from public
   38         records requirements for personal identifying
   39         information of the alleged victim in an allegation of
   40         sexual harassment; providing for future legislative
   41         review and repeal of the exemption; providing a
   42         statement of public necessity; providing an effective
   43         date.