Florida Senate - 2015 SB 962 By Senator Legg 17-00154A-15 2015962__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; creating s. 3 190.0121, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for certain surveillance 5 recordings held by a community development district; 6 providing exceptions; providing for future legislative 7 review and repeal of the exemption; providing a 8 statement of public necessity; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 190.0121, Florida Statutes, is created 14 to read: 15 190.0121 Public records exemption; surveillance 16 recordings.— 17 (1) A surveillance recording created by monitoring 18 activities occurring inside or outside a public building or on 19 public property which is held by a community development 20 district is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 21 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. 22 (2) A community development district may disclose such a 23 recording: 24 (a) To a law enforcement agency in the furtherance of the 25 agency’s official duties and responsibilities; or 26 (b) Pursuant to a court order. 27 (3) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 28 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 29 on October 2, 2020, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 30 through reenactment by the Legislature. 31 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 32 necessity that any surveillance recording created by monitoring 33 activities occurring inside or outside a public building or on 34 public property which is held by a community development 35 district be made confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1), 36 Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the State 37 Constitution. Community development districts provide 38 surveillance of public areas in order to monitor activities 39 occurring within the districts and to ensure the security of the 40 district residents. The exemption for surveillance recordings 41 allows community development districts to effectively and 42 efficiently provide security and surveillance while maintaining 43 the privacy of the residents and the guests of the residents, 44 including those who use community facilities. Without the public 45 records exemption, coverage and other technical aspects of the 46 surveillance system would be revealed and would make it easier 47 for individuals who wish to evade detection by the surveillance 48 systems to do so. As such, the Legislature finds that it is a 49 public necessity to prohibit the disclosure of such surveillance 50 recordings held by a community development district. 51 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.