Florida Senate - 2013 SB 800 By Senator Brandes 22-00772C-13 2013800__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 1006.07, F.S.; exempting from public records 4 requirements a school district’s after-drill report 5 that summarizes the emergency drills of each school in 6 the district and the recommendations from 7 participating law enforcement officers or fire 8 officials; providing for future repeal and legislative 9 review of the exemption under the Open Government 10 Sunset Review Act; providing a statement of public 11 necessity; providing a contingent effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (7) is added to section 1006.07, 16 Florida Statutes, to read: 17 1006.07 District school board duties relating to student 18 discipline and school safety.—The district school board shall 19 provide for the proper accounting for all students, for the 20 attendance and control of students at school, and for proper 21 attention to health, safety, and other matters relating to the 22 welfare of students, including: 23 (7) AFTER-DRILL REPORTS.—A school district’s after-drill 24 report and the recommendations from participating law 25 enforcement officers or fire officials are exempt from s. 26 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This 27 subsection is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act 28 in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 29 2, 2018, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through 30 reenactment by the Legislature. 31 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 32 necessity that information contained in a school district’s 33 after-drill report and the recommendations from participating 34 law enforcement officers or fire officials be made exempt from 35 public records requirements. While educating students is a 36 school district’s primary focus, each school district must also 37 protect its students along with its employees and faculty 38 members at each school. In light of the tragic events at Sandy 39 Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 40 students and six adults were killed on December 14, 2012, and at 41 Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, where 12 students 42 and one teacher were murdered and an additional 21 students were 43 injured on April 20, 1999, school districts in this state are 44 keenly aware that the safety and security of students, 45 employees, and faculty members is of paramount concern. The 46 information contained in an after-drill report and the 47 recommendations from participating law enforcement officers or 48 fire officials regarding a school’s conducted emergency drills 49 and the school’s strengths and weaknesses in conducting those 50 drills is information that could be used by a person who intends 51 harm, possibly deadly harm, against the school’s students, 52 employees, and faculty members. Failing to exempt this 53 information from public records requirements could expose a 54 school’s safety measures to a person who means ill will or is 55 mentally unstable and could hamper the school’s efforts to keep 56 its students, employees, and faculty members safe and secure. 57 Accordingly, the Legislature finds that the harm to a school’s 58 students, employees, and faculty members which would result from 59 the release of the school district’s after-drill report and the 60 recommendations from participating law enforcement officers or 61 fire officials substantially outweighs any public benefit 62 derived from disclosure to the public. 63 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 64 SB ______ or similar legislation takes effect, if such 65 legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an 66 extension thereof and becomes a law.