Florida Senate - 2014 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1046 Ì585894^Î585894 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: WD . 04/18/2014 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 1 Senate Amendment 2 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 This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset 20 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 21 on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 22 through reenactment by the Legislature. 23 Section 2.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.