Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1488
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability
       (Stargel) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (l) is added to subsection (5) of
    6  section 119.071, Florida Statutes, to read:
    7         119.071 General exemptions from inspection or copying of
    8  public records.—
   10         (l)1.For purposes of this paragraph, “identification and
   11  location information” means:
   12         a.The home address and telephone number of a current
   13  member of the Senate or House of Representatives;
   14         b.The name, home address, telephone number, and place of
   15  employment of the spouse or child of a current legislator;
   16         c.The name and location of a school or day care facility
   17  attended by the child of a current legislator.
   18         2.Identification and location information held by an
   19  agency is exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the
   20  State Constitution if such legislator submits to an agency that
   21  has custody of the identification and location information:
   22         a.A written request to exempt such information from public
   23  disclosure; and
   24         b.A written statement that he or she has made a reasonable
   25  effort to protect the identification and location information
   26  from being accessible through other means available to the
   27  public.
   28         3.This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset
   29  Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed
   30  on October 2, 2026, unless reviewed and saved from repeal
   31  through reenactment by the Legislature.
   32         Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public
   33  necessity that the home addresses and telephone numbers of
   34  current members of the Senate and the House of Representatives;
   35  the names, home addresses, telephone numbers, and places of
   36  employment of the spouses and children of such legislators; and
   37  the names and location of schools and day care facilities
   38  attended by the children of such legislators be made exempt from
   39  s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the
   40  State Constitution. Members of the Legislature often have to
   41  make difficult and impactful policy decisions. As a result,
   42  legislators and their family members may receive threats,
   43  including, but not limited to, verbal threats, harassment, and
   44  intimidation, as a result of carrying out their official duties.
   45  Vulnerability to such threats may discourage residents of this
   46  state from seeking elected office in order to protect themselves
   47  and their families. The Legislature further finds that the harm
   48  that may result from the release of such personal identifying
   49  and location information outweighs any public benefit that may
   50  be derived from the disclosure of the information.
   51         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.
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   54  And the title is amended as follows:
   55         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   56  and insert:
   57                        A bill to be entitled                      
   58         An act relating to public records; amending s.
   59         119.071, F.S.; providing an exemption from public
   60         records requirements for certain identifying and
   61         location information of current members of the
   62         Legislature and the spouses and children of such
   63         legislators; providing for future legislative review
   64         and repeal of the exemption under the Open Government
   65         Sunset Review Act; providing a statement of public
   66         necessity; providing an effective date.