Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 886 Ì213420cÎ213420 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/13/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Powell) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 397.6760, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 397.6760 Court records; confidentiality.— 8 (1) All petitions for involuntary assessment and 9 stabilization, court orders, and related records that are filed 10 with or by a court under this part are confidential and exempt 11 from s. 119.071(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 12 Constitution. Pleadings and other documents made confidential 13 and exempt by this section may be disclosed by the clerk of the 14 court, upon request, to any of the following: 15 (a) The petitioner. 16 (b) The petitioner’s attorney. 17 (c) The respondent. 18 (d) The respondent’s attorney. 19 (e) The respondent’s guardian or guardian advocate, if 20 applicable. 21 (f) In the case of a minor respondent, the respondent’s 22 parent, guardian, legal custodian, or guardian advocate. 23 (g) The respondent’s treating health care practitioner. 24 (h) The respondent’s health care surrogate or proxy. 25 (i) The Department of Corrections, without charge and upon 26 request if the respondent is committed or is to be returned to 27 the custody of the Department of Corrections from the Department 28 of Children and Families. 29 (j) A person or entity authorized to view records upon a 30 court order for good cause. In determining if there is good 31 cause for the disclosure of records, the court must weigh the 32 person or entity’s need for the information against potential 33 harm to the respondent from the disclosure. 34 (2) This section does not preclude the clerk of the court 35 from submitting the information required by s. 790.065 to the 36 Department of Law Enforcement. 37 (3) The clerk of the court may not publish personal 38 identifying information on a court docket or in a publicly 39 accessible file. 40 (4) A person or entity receiving information pursuant to 41 this section shall maintain such information as confidential and 42 exempt from s. 119.07(1). 43 (5) The exemption under this section applies to all 44 documents filed with a court before, on, or after July 1, 2017. 45 (6) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 46 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 47 on October 2, 2022, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 48 through reenactment by the Legislature. 49 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 50 necessity that petitions for involuntary assessment and 51 stabilization and related court orders and records that are 52 filed with or by a court under part V of chapter 397, Florida 53 Statutes, and the personal identifying information of a 54 substance abuse impaired person which is published on a court 55 docket and maintained by the clerk of the court under part V of 56 chapter 397, Florida Statutes, be made confidential and exempt 57 from disclosure under s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 58 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. A person’s health 59 and sensitive, personal information regarding his or her actual 60 or alleged substance abuse impairment are intensely private 61 matters. The media have obtained, and published information 62 from, such records without the affected person’s consent. The 63 content of such records or personal identifying information 64 should not be made public merely because they are filed with or 65 by a court or placed on a docket. Making such petitions, orders, 66 records, and identifying information confidential and exempt 67 from disclosure will protect such persons from the release of 68 sensitive, personal information which could damage their and 69 their families’ reputations. The publication of personal 70 identifying information on a physical or virtual docket, 71 regardless of whether any other record is published, defeats the 72 purpose of protections otherwise provided. Further, the 73 knowledge that such sensitive, personal information is subject 74 to disclosure could have a chilling effect on a person’s 75 willingness to seek out and comply with substance abuse 76 treatment services. 77 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017. 78 79 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 80 And the title is amended as follows: 81 Delete everything before the enacting clause 82 and insert: 83 A bill to be entitled 84 An act relating to public records; creating s. 85 397.6760, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 86 records requirements for petitions for involuntary 87 assessment and stabilization, court orders, related 88 records, and personal identifying information 89 regarding substance abuse impaired persons; providing 90 exceptions authorizing the release of such petitions, 91 orders, records, and identifying information to 92 certain persons and entities; providing applicability; 93 prohibiting a clerk of court from publishing personal 94 identifying information on a court docket or in a 95 publicly accessible file; providing for retroactive 96 application; providing for future legislative review 97 and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of 98 public necessity; providing an effective date.