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.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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   38  Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed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.