Florida Senate - 2018 CS for SB 268 By the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and Senator Passidomo 586-01081A-18 2018268c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; creating s. 3 744.21031, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for certain identifying and 5 location information of current or former public 6 guardians, employees with fiduciary responsibility, 7 and the spouses and children thereof; providing for 8 retroactive application; providing for future 9 legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 10 providing a statement of public necessity; providing 11 an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 744.21031, Florida Statutes, is created 16 to read: 17 744.21031 Public records exemption.—The home addresses, 18 telephone numbers, dates of birth, places of employment, and 19 photographs of current or former public guardians and employees 20 with fiduciary responsibility; the names, home addresses, 21 telephone numbers, dates of birth, and places of employment of 22 the spouses and children of such persons; and the names and 23 locations of schools and day care facilities attended by the 24 children of such persons are exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 25 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This exemption applies 26 to information held by an agency before, on, or after July 1, 27 2018. This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 28 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 29 on October 2, 2023, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 30 through reenactment by the Legislature. 31 Section 2. (1) The Legislature finds that it is a public 32 necessity that the following identifying and location 33 information be exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and 34 s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution: 35 (a) The home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, 36 places of employment, and photographs of current or former 37 public guardians and employees with fiduciary responsibility; 38 (b) The names, home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of 39 birth, and places of employment of spouses and children of such 40 guardians and employees with fiduciary responsibility; and 41 (c) The names and locations of schools and day care 42 facilities attended by the children of such guardians and 43 employees with fiduciary responsibility. 44 (2) The Legislature finds that the release of such 45 identifying and location information might place current or 46 former public guardians and employees with fiduciary 47 responsibility and their family members in danger of physical 48 and emotional harm from disgruntled individuals who react 49 inappropriately to actions taken by the public guardians and 50 employees with fiduciary responsibility. Public guardians and 51 employees with fiduciary responsibility provide a valuable 52 service to the community by helping some of the state’s most 53 vulnerable residents who lack the physical or mental capacity to 54 take care of most aspects of their own personal affairs. Public 55 guardians and employees with fiduciary responsibility help those 56 who lack a willing and qualified family member or friend and do 57 not have the income or assets to pay a professional guardian. 58 (3) Despite the value of this service, however, some 59 persons, including a public guardian’s own wards, become 60 disgruntled with the assistance provided or the decisions a 61 public guardian or an employee with fiduciary responsibility 62 makes, which can result in a guardian or an employee with 63 fiduciary responsibility or the family members of the guardian 64 or the employee with fiduciary responsibility becoming potential 65 targets for an act of revenge. Wards have harassed their public 66 guardians with threats of incarceration, violence, and death 67 through voicemail messages and social media. Wards have also 68 left voicemail messages threating to kill themselves and others, 69 as well as the public guardian. In the course of their duties, 70 public guardians have also been subject to being physically 71 assaulted. 72 (4) After a public guardian or an employee with fiduciary 73 responsibility concludes his or her service, the risk continues 74 because a disgruntled individual may wait until then to commit 75 an act of revenge. The harm that may result from the release of 76 a public guardian’s or an employee with fiduciary 77 responsibility’s personal identifying and location information 78 outweighs any public benefit that may be derived from the 79 disclosure of the information. 80 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.