Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 1802 By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Pizzo 591-02750A-20 20201802c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public meetings; amending s. 3 943.6872, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 meetings requirements for portions of the Urban Core 5 Gun Violence Task Force meetings at which exempt or 6 confidential and exempt information is discussed; 7 providing for future legislative review and repeal of 8 the exemption; providing a statement of public 9 necessity; providing a contingent effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Present subsections (6) and (7) of section 14 943.6872, Florida Statutes, as created by SB 652 or similar 15 legislation, 2020 Regular Session, are redesignated as 16 subsections (7) and (8), respectively, and a new subsection (6) 17 is added to that section, to read: 18 (6) Any portion of a meeting of the Urban Core Gun Violence 19 Task Force at which exempt or confidential and exempt 20 information is discussed is exempt from s. 286.011 and s. 24(b), 21 Art. I of the State Constitution. This subsection is subject to 22 the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 23 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2025, unless 24 reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the 25 Legislature. 26 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 27 necessity that any portion of a meeting of the Urban Core Gun 28 Violence Task Force at which exempt or confidential and exempt 29 information is discussed be made exempt from s. 286.011, Florida 30 Statutes, and s. 24(b), Article I of the State Constitution. The 31 purpose of the task force is to investigate system failures and 32 the causes of high crime rates and gun violence incidents in 33 urban core neighborhoods and communities. In addition, the task 34 force shall develop recommendations for solutions, programs, 35 services, and strategies for improved interagency communications 36 between local and state government agencies which will help 37 facilitate the reduction of crime and gun violence in urban core 38 neighborhoods and communities. In order to fulfill its 39 directive, the task force must be able to discuss exempt or 40 confidential and exempt information that it receives as part of 41 its investigation. The public meetings exemption will allow the 42 task force to review and discuss exempt or confidential and 43 exempt information that will be useful in forming meaningful 44 recommendations for system improvements and improved interagency 45 communications. As such, it is necessary that those portions of 46 meetings wherein exempt or confidential and exempt information 47 is discussed be made exempt from public meetings requirements. 48 If such portions of the meeting were not closed, the public 49 records exemptions would be negated. Thus, the Legislature finds 50 that the public meeting exemption is a public necessity in order 51 to ensure the effective and efficient administration of the 52 Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force. 53 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 54 SB 652 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 55 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 56 thereof and becomes a law.