Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1072 Ì707998rÎ707998 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/04/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Hutson) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section 6 98.075, Florida Statutes, as created by CS/SB 1070, 2017 Regular 7 Session, is amended to read: 8 98.075 Registration records maintenance activities; 9 ineligibility determinations.— 10 (2) DUPLICATE REGISTRATION.— 11 (b)1. The department may enter into interstate agreements 12 to share and exchange information in order to verify voter 13 registration information. The department shall provide such 14 information to the supervisors to conduct registration list 15 maintenance activities. 16 2. The department may only participate in an interstate 17 agreement that is controlled and operated by the participating 18 states. The interstate agreement may not be operated or 19 controlled by the Federal Government or any other entity acting 20 on behalf of the Federal Government. The department must be able 21 to withdraw from any interstate agreement entered into at any 22 time. 23 3. If the department enters into an interstate agreement, 24 the department must submit a report to the Governor, the 25 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 26 Representatives by December 1 of each year. The report must 27 describe the agreement and provide information on the total 28 number of voters removed from the voter registration system as a 29 result of the agreement and the reasons for their removal. 30 4. Information received by the department, pursuant to an 31 interstate agreement, from another state which is confidential 32 or exempt pursuant to the laws of that state, is exempt from s. 33 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This 34 subparagraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act 35 in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 36 2, 2022, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through 37 reenactment by the Legislature. 38 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 39 necessity that information received by the Department of State, 40 pursuant to an interstate agreement entered into under s. 41 98.075(2)(b), Florida Statutes, from another state which is 42 confidential or exempt pursuant to the laws of that state be 43 made exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), 44 Article I of the State Constitution. Participating in interstate 45 agreements to share and exchange information with other states 46 in order to verify voter registration information is critical to 47 ensuring the accuracy of the statewide voter registration 48 system. Maintaining an accurate statewide voter registration 49 system is critical to fair elections in this state. Without the 50 public records exemption, the department will be unable to 51 receive information from other states that might otherwise be 52 confidential or exempt pursuant to the laws of those states, 53 which would impair the ability of the department and supervisors 54 of elections to maintain accurate voter rolls. As a result, the 55 effective and efficient administration of the statewide voter 56 registration system would be hindered. 57 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 58 CS/SB 1070 or similar legislation takes effect, if such 59 legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an 60 extension thereof and becomes a law. 61 62 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 63 And the title is amended as follows: 64 Delete everything before the enacting clause 65 and insert: 66 A bill to be entitled 67 An act relating to public records; amending s. 98.075, 68 F.S.; creating a public records exemption for certain 69 information received by the Department of State from 70 another state which is confidential or exempt pursuant 71 to the laws of that state; providing for future 72 legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 73 providing a statement of public necessity; providing a 74 contingent effective date.