Florida Senate - 2018 (Proposed Bill) SPB 7024 FOR CONSIDERATION By the Committee on Rules 595-03524-18 20187024pb 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 the address of a victim of a 5 crime of mass violence that has occurred on the 6 grounds of a K-12 school or a postsecondary education 7 institution or the address of an immediate family 8 member of a victim which is contained in a report of a 9 law enforcement agency and held by an agency; 10 providing for retroactive application; providing for 11 future legislative review and repeal; providing a 12 statement of public necessity; providing a directive 13 to the Division of Law Revision and Information; 14 providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Paragraph (o) is added to subsection (2) of 19 section 119.071, Florida Statutes, to read: 20 119.071 General exemptions from inspection or copying of 21 public records.— 22 (2) AGENCY INVESTIGATIONS.— 23 (o) The address of a victim of a crime of mass violence 24 that has occurred on the grounds of a public or private K-12 25 school or a public or private postsecondary education 26 institution or the address of an immediate family member of a 27 victim which is contained in a report of a law enforcement 28 agency and held by an agency is confidential and exempt from s. 29 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This 30 exemption applies to such records held before, on, or after the 31 effective date of this act. This paragraph is subject to the 32 Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 33 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2023, unless reviewed and 34 saved from repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 35 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 36 necessity that the address of a victim of a crime of mass 37 violence that has occurred on the grounds of a public or private 38 K-12 school or a public or private postsecondary education 39 institution or the address of an immediate family member of a 40 victim which is contained in a report by a law enforcement 41 agency and held by an agency be made confidential and exempt 42 from public records requirements. Without this exemption, the 43 victim, or an immediate family member of a victim, could be 44 subject to further emotional trauma and threats to personal 45 safety. Furthermore, the disclosure of such an address could 46 place a victim or an immediate family member of a victim at risk 47 of harassment or less likely to cooperate with law enforcement 48 agencies in any subsequent investigation. The harm that may 49 result from the release of the victim’s or immediate family 50 member’s address outweighs any public benefit that may be 51 derived from the disclosure of the address. The public records 52 exemption preserves public oversight as the exemption is 53 narrowly drawn to only apply to the victim’s or immediate family 54 member’s address contained in the report of a law enforcement 55 agency. The Legislature further finds that the exemption should 56 be given retroactive application because it is remedial in 57 nature. 58 Section 3. The Division of Law Revision and Information is 59 directed to replace the phrase “the effective date of this act” 60 wherever it occurs in this act with the date this act becomes a 61 law. 62 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.