Florida Senate - 2017 CS for CS for SB 492 By the Committees on Governmental Oversight and Accountability; and Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and Senator Young 585-03361-17 2017492c2 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; authorizing the disclosure of such 7 information under certain circumstances; providing for 8 future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 9 providing a statement of public necessity; providing 10 an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraph (m) is added to subsection (2) of 15 section 119.071, Florida Statutes, to read: 16 119.071 General exemptions from inspection or copying of 17 public records.— 18 (2) AGENCY INVESTIGATIONS.— 19 (m) Personal identifying information of the alleged victim 20 in an allegation of sexual harassment is confidential and exempt 21 from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 22 Constitution. Such information may be disclosed to another 23 governmental entity in the furtherance of its official duties 24 and responsibilities. This paragraph is subject to the Open 25 Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and 26 shall stand repealed on October 2, 2022, unless reviewed and 27 saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 28 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 29 necessity that personal identifying information of the alleged 30 victim in an allegation of sexual harassment be made 31 confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and 32 s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. The disclosure of 33 such information could harm alleged victims by placing them at 34 risk of further harassment and retaliation. Additionally, the 35 potential for disclosure of such information could create a 36 disincentive for victims to report instances of harassment. The 37 Legislature finds that the potential harm that may result from 38 the release of such information outweighs any public benefit 39 that may be derived from the disclosure of such information. 40 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.