Florida Senate - 2012 SB 1096 By Senator Hays 20-00946-12 20121096__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 943.44353, F.S.; creating a public records exemption 4 for the electronic mail address and physical address 5 information provided to the Department of Law 6 Enforcement by a person requesting access to the 7 automatic notification system of registration 8 information regarding sexual predators and sexual 9 offenders; providing for future legislative review and 10 repeal of the exemption under the Open Government 11 Sunset Review Act; providing a statement of public 12 necessity; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsection (3) is added to section 943.44353, 17 Florida Statutes, to read: 18 943.44353 Automatic notification of registration 19 information regarding sexual predators and offenders.— 20 (3)(a) Any electronic mail address or physical address 21 information provided to the department by a person, other than a 22 sexual predator and sexual offender, who requests access to the 23 automatic notification system is confidential and exempt from s. 24 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This 25 exemption applies to any electronic mail address or physical 26 address information held by the department before, on, or after 27 July 1, 2012. 28 (b) This subsection is subject to the Open Government 29 Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15, and shall stand 30 repealed on October 2, 2017, unless reviewed and saved from 31 repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 32 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 33 necessity to exempt from public records requirements the 34 electronic mail address and physical address information 35 furnished to the Department of Law Enforcement by persons 36 requesting access to the automatic notification system of 37 registration information regarding sexual predators and sexual 38 offenders. A public records exemption for such information 39 furnished to the department will encourage greater access to the 40 notification system by alleviating concerns about disclosure of 41 electronic mail and physical location information that could be 42 used for criminal purposes. Public safety is significantly 43 enhanced through the use of the department’s notification 44 system. For these reasons, the public records exemption provided 45 by this act is necessary for effective and broad participation 46 in the notification system by those seeking notification. 47 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.