Florida Senate - 2020 SB 786 By Senator Gainer 2-00856A-20 2020786__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; creating s. 597.31, 3 F.S.; providing a public records exemption for certain 4 aquaculture records held by the Department of 5 Agriculture and Consumer Services; providing 6 applicability; providing for future legislative review 7 and repeal under the Open Government Sunset Review 8 Act; providing a statement of public necessity; 9 providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 597.31, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 597.31 Public records exemptions; aquaculture records.— 16 (1) The following information held by the department is 17 exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 18 Constitution: 19 (a) Shellfish receiving and production logs generated by 20 shellfish processing facilities licensed pursuant to s. 597.020. 21 (b) Planting and harvesting amounts, vendor information, 22 and supporting invoices and receipts reported to the department 23 pursuant to submerged land leases issued in accordance with 24 chapter 253 or former chapter 370. 25 (c) Aquaculture production volume, inventory records, and 26 invoices or receipts generated by aquaculture facilities 27 certified pursuant to s. 597.004. 28 (2) The exemption from public records requirements under 29 subsection (1) applies to aquaculture records held before, on, 30 or after July 1, 2020. 31 (3) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 32 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 33 on October 2, 2025, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 34 through reenactment by the Legislature. 35 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 36 necessity to make certain production information related to 37 aquaculture businesses exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida 38 Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution to 39 encourage producers to operate in this state and to protect 40 aquaculture facilities and leases from theft. Producers are 41 required to provide receiving logs, production volume records, 42 inventories, and receipts and invoices related to aquaculture 43 facilities to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer 44 Services to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of 45 sovereign submerged land lease agreements and aquaculture best 46 management practices. However, these records include 47 information, such as quantity and price of seed stock purchased 48 and harvest times which, if released, could be detrimental to 49 individual businesses. Information regarding products, harvest 50 times, and locations make aquaculture businesses susceptible to 51 theft, particularly with respect to sovereign submerged land 52 leases in remote locations. Because these records are public, 53 aquaculture businesses may be deterred from working in this 54 state and are less inclined to provide the required information 55 to the department, making the department’s monitoring 56 responsibilities more difficult. 57 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.