Florida Senate - 2014 SB 1046 By Senator Galvano 26-01759-14 20141046__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 316.066, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for certain personal contact 5 information contained in motor vehicle crash reports; 6 providing for future legislative review and repeal of 7 the exemption; providing a statement of public 8 necessity; providing a contingent effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Paragraph (g) is added to subsection (2) of 13 section 316.066, Florida Statutes, as amended by SB 876, 2014 14 Regular Session, to read: 15 316.066 Written reports of crashes.— 16 (2) 17 (g) Radio and television stations licensed by the Federal 18 Communications Commission, newspapers qualified to publish legal 19 notices under ss. 50.011 and 50.031, and free newspapers of 20 general circulation published once a week or more often, 21 available and of interest to the public generally for the 22 dissemination of news, which request crash reports before 60 23 days have elapsed after the report is filed must request such 24 crash reports on an individual basis and may not have access to 25 the home, cellular, employment, or other telephone number or the 26 home or employment address of any of the parties involved in the 27 crash. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset 28 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 29 on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 30 through reenactment by the Legislature. 31 Section 2. The Legislature finds that the personal contact 32 information contained in a motor vehicle crash report is 33 confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and 34 s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution for 60 days after 35 the report is filed and that it is a public necessity that 36 access to such information during that 60-day period by 37 newspapers and radio and television stations be restricted to 38 combat widespread insurance fraud that occurs when the 39 information is unlawfully used to contact the parties involved 40 in a crash. The exemption prohibits access by newspapers and 41 television and radio stations to the addresses and telephone 42 numbers of the parties involved in a crash to protect the 43 parties from those who would unlawfully solicit the parties to 44 make claims against their personal injury protection insurance 45 policies. 46 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 47 SB 876 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 48 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 49 thereof and becomes law.