Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1472 By Senator Stewart 13-01712-22 20221472__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 119.07, 3 F.S.; requiring an agency or a public body that 4 receives a request to inspect or copy a record to 5 make, within a specified timeframe, such record 6 available, deny the request, or provide a certain 7 statement in writing; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Subsection (9) of section 119.07, Florida 12 Statutes, is amended to read: 13 119.07 Inspection and copying of records; photographing 14 public records; fees; exemptions.— 15 (9)(a) After receiving a request to inspect or copy a 16 record, an agency may not respond to that request by filing an 17 action for declaratory relief against the requester to determine 18 whether the record is a public record as defined by s. 119.011, 19 or the status of the record as confidential or exempt from the 20 provisions of s. 119.07(1). 21 (b) If, after receiving a request to inspect or copy a 22 record, an agency or a public body is unable to make the record 23 immediately available for inspection and copying, the agency or 24 public body must, within 5 business days after the request: 25 1. Make such record available; 26 2. Deny the request; or 27 3. Provide a written statement of the time reasonably 28 necessary to determine whether the request will be granted or 29 denied and the reason for the delay. 30 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.