Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1478 By Senator Torres 15-01857-20 20201478__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 937.022, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for the names, addresses, 5 telephone numbers, and other personal identifying 6 information of persons who are or have been included 7 in the Camo Alert Voluntary Registry; providing for 8 future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 9 providing a statement of public necessity; providing a 10 contingent effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (3) of section 15 937.022, Florida Statutes, as created by SB ____, 2020 Regular 16 Session, is amended to read: 17 937.022 Missing Endangered Persons Information 18 Clearinghouse.— 19 (3) The clearinghouse shall: 20 (d)1. Establish and maintain the Camo Alert Voluntary 21 Registry, a voluntary registration system to manage the 22 voluntary registration of at-risk veterans by a veteran or his 23 or her legal guardian. Only those veterans who have voluntarily 24 requested to be included in the Camo Alert system shall be 25 included in the Camo Alert Voluntary Registry. The system shall 26 also provide for the removal and expungement of an at-risk 27 veteran’s registration and information from the registry upon 28 written request from the veteran or his or her legal guardian 29 within 30 days after the clearinghouse receives the written 30 request. 31 2. The name, address, telephone number, and other personal 32 identifying information of a person who is or has been included 33 in the Camo Alert Voluntary Registry is confidential and exempt 34 from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 35 Constitution. This exemption is not waived by the release of 36 information about a listed person when a Camo Alert is issued. 37 This subparagraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset 38 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 39 on October 2, 2025, unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the 40 Legislature. 41 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 42 necessity that the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and 43 other personal identifying information of persons who are or 44 have been included in the Camo Alert Voluntary Registry be made 45 confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and 46 s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. Such information 47 is a private matter. Public knowledge of such information could 48 lead to discrimination against at-risk veterans, could 49 discourage at-risk veterans from seeking the benefits of being 50 included in the registry, and could compromise the therapeutic 51 process. An at-risk veteran may not want his or her status as an 52 at-risk person available to the public, and a lack of 53 confidentiality could discourage him or her from registering. 54 Also, an at-risk veteran may be involved in treatment, and 55 therapeutic and treatment programs cannot operate efficiently 56 and effectively if at-risk veterans are reluctant to participate 57 because their identities as at-risk persons would be subject to 58 inspection and review. The Legislature finds that the harm that 59 may result from the release of the names, addresses, telephone 60 numbers, and other personal identifying information of such 61 persons outweighs any public benefit that may be derived from 62 the disclosure of the information. 63 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 64 SB ____ or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 65 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 66 thereof and becomes a law.