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2005 Florida Legislative Summary

Below are summaries of the 13 new exemptions to public records and open meetings laws passed by Florida lawmakers during the 2005 legislative session. For more information on an exemption, click on the bill number.

HB 185 – Child Abuse Records
Exempts portions of records held by child abuse death review committees that contain information identifying a deceased child’s surviving siblings, family members or others living in the home of the deceased.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

HB 449 – H. Lee Mofitt Cancer Center
Expands current exemption for confidential business information to include potential trade secrets, manufacturing methods and patentable material discovered during the Center’s research.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

HB 627 – Florida Consumer Finance Act
Information pertaining to an active investigation by the Office of Financial Regulation of the Financial Services Commission is exempt from public records requirements.

Passed Senate and House unanimously; Vetoed by the governor

HB 729 – Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association
Creates a public records exemption for claims files of the Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association, stipulating that the records become public at the end of all litigation and settlement claims arising out of the same incident.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

SB 798 – Parental Notification
Exempts information in court records that would identify a minor seeking a waiver of parental notification for an abortion.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

HB 1091 – Independent Education Commission
Creates a public records exemption for investigative records held by the Independent Education Commission.

Passed Senate unanimously; Passed House 111-2 (Click here to see who voted against the exemption)

SB 1098 – Guardians ad Litem
Makes confidential information held by guardians ad litem in relation to the best interests of a child. Also exempts from public records the home address, telephone number, place of employment and photographs of current and former guardians ad litem.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

HB 1469 – Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services Board
Creates several open government exemptions for the Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services Board. Meetings held to discuss licensure exams or probable cause are exempt from the Sunshine Law. Information relating to financial investigations, inspections and violations are exempt from public records laws until the investigation is complete or until 10 days after the board has made a decision regarding probable cause.

Passed Senate unanimously; Passed House 79-39 (Click here to see who voted against the exemption)

HB 1591 – Voter Registration Information
Creates a public record exemption for the Social Security number, driver’s license number and Florida ID number of a voter registration applicant or voter. Prohibits copying registration applications.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

HB 1695 – Voluntary Pre-K Education Program
Makes the individual records of children enrolled in the state’s Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Education Program exempt from public records laws.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

HB 1801 – Domestic Security Oversight Council
Creates an exemption for portions of meetings of the Domestic Security Oversight Council at which criminal investigation or intelligence information is discussed. The entire session must be recorded. Records of the meetings are confidential until the investigation is over or the security plan is no longer in use.

Passed Senate and House unanimously

SB 1922 – Municipal Ethics Commission
Creates a public record exemption for complaints and records relating to the complaint and any preliminary investigation held by a municipal ethics commission. Records and proceedings become public once the complaint is disposed of.

Passed Senate unanimously; Passed House 111-1 (Click here to see who voted against the exemption)

HB 1939 – Hurricane Loss and Exposure Data
Creates public record exemption for “reports of hurricane loss data and associated exposure data” specific to a particular insurance company reported to the Office of Insurance Regulation or a state university for the purpose of developing a hurricane loss projection model.

Passed Senate unanimously; Passed House 83-30 (Click here to see who voted against the exemption)