Florida Senate - 2017 CS for SB 492 By the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and Senator Young 586-02679-17 2017492c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 119.071, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for personal identifying 5 information of the alleged victim in an allegation of 6 sexual harassment; providing for future legislative 7 review and repeal of the exemption; providing a 8 statement of public necessity; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Paragraph (m) is added to subsection (2) of 14 section 119.071, Florida Statutes, to read: 15 119.071 General exemptions from inspection or copying of 16 public records.— 17 (2) AGENCY INVESTIGATIONS.— 18 (m) Personal identifying information of the alleged victim 19 in an allegation of sexual harassment is confidential and exempt 20 from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 21 Constitution. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government 22 Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand 23 repealed on October 2, 2022, unless reviewed and saved from 24 repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 25 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 26 necessity that personal identifying information of the alleged 27 victim in an allegation of sexual harassment be made 28 confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and 29 s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. The disclosure of 30 such information could harm alleged victims by placing them at 31 risk of further harassment and retaliation. Additionally, the 32 potential for disclosure of such information could create a 33 disincentive for victims to report instances of harassment. The 34 Legislature finds that the potential harm that may result from 35 the release of such information outweighs any public benefit 36 that may be derived from the disclosure of such information. 37 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.