Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1046
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: WD            .                                
                  04/18/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 12 - 45
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (f) is added to subsection (2) of
    6  section 316.066, Florida Statutes, to read:
    7         316.066 Written reports of crashes.—
    8         (2)
    9         (f)Radio and television stations licensed by the Federal
   10  Communications Commission, newspapers qualified to publish legal
   11  notices under ss. 50.011 and 50.031, and free newspapers of
   12  general circulation published once a week or more often,
   13  available and of interest to the public generally for the
   14  dissemination of news, which request crash reports before 60
   15  days have elapsed after the report is filed must request such
   16  crash reports on an individual basis and may not have access to
   17  the home, cellular, employment, or other telephone number or the
   18  home or employment address of any of the parties involved in the
   19  crash. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset
   20  Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed
   21  on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and saved from repeal
   22  through reenactment by the Legislature.
   23         Section 2. The Legislature finds that a crash report that
   24  reveals the identity, home or employment telephone number, or
   25  home or employment address of, or other personal information
   26  concerning, a party involved in the crash and that is held by an
   27  agency that regularly receives or prepares information from or
   28  concerning the parties to motor vehicle crashes is confidential
   29  and exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a),
   30  Article I of the State Constitution for 60 days after the date
   31  that the report is filed. Public access to such information
   32  during that 60-day period by radio and television stations
   33  licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, newspapers
   34  qualified to publish legal notices under ss. 50.011 and 50.031,
   35  Florida Statutes, and free newspapers of general circulation
   36  published once a week or more often, available and of interest
   37  to the public generally for the dissemination of news, should be
   38  restricted to combat widespread insurance fraud that occurs when
   39  the information is unlawfully used to contact the parties
   40  involved in a crash. The exemption protects the parties involved
   41  in a crash from those who would unlawfully solicit personal
   42  injury protection insurance claims. Accordingly, the Legislature
   43  finds that the harm to parties involved in a crash which could
   44  result from the release of such information outweighs any
   45  minimal public benefit that would be derived from disclosure of
   46  that information to the public. Therefore, it is the finding of
   47  the Legislature that such information must be made exempt from
   48  public disclosure.