Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1526 By Senator Boyd 21-01425-22 20221526__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 119.0714, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for personal identifying 5 information and annuity contract numbers of a payee of 6 a structured settlement and the names of family 7 members, dependents, and beneficiaries of such payee; 8 providing for future legislative review and repeal of 9 the exemption; providing a statement of public 10 necessity; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraph (l) is added to subsection (1) of 15 section 119.0714, Florida Statutes, to read: 16 119.0714 Court files; court records; official records.— 17 (1) COURT FILES.—Nothing in this chapter shall be construed 18 to exempt from s. 119.07(1) a public record that was made a part 19 of a court file and that is not specifically closed by order of 20 court, except: 21 (l) Personal identifying information and annuity contract 22 numbers of a payee of a structured settlement as defined in s. 23 626.99296(2) and the names of family members, dependents, and 24 beneficiaries of such payee are exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 25 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This paragraph is 26 subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance 27 with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2027, 28 unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the 29 Legislature. 30 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 31 necessity that the personal identifying information and annuity 32 contract numbers of a payee of a structured settlement and the 33 names of family members, dependents, and beneficiaries of such 34 payee be made exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 35 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. Recipients of 36 structured settlements have been targets of criminal and 37 fraudulent acts based upon publicly available identifying 38 information. The Legislature finds that the harm that may result 39 from the release of personal identifying information and annuity 40 contract numbers of a payee of a structured settlement and the 41 names of family members, dependents, and beneficiaries of such 42 payee outweighs any public benefit that may be derived from the 43 disclosure of such information. 44 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.