Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1364 By Senator Hays 11-00558C-16 20161364__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; creating s. 3 379.107, F.S.; defining the term “personal 4 information”; providing an exemption from public 5 records requirements for personal information provided 6 to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on 7 applications for certain licenses, permits, and 8 certifications; providing circumstances under which 9 personal information may be disclosed; providing 10 applicability; providing for future legislative review 11 and repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of 12 public necessity; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 379.107, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 379.107 Public records exemption; personal information 19 obtained in connection with licensure.— 20 (1) For purposes of this section, the term “personal 21 information” means information that identifies an individual, 22 including, but not limited to, an individual’s photograph; 23 social security number; driver license number; name; date of 24 birth; address, exclusive of the five-digit zip code; telephone 25 number; e-mail or other electronic communication address; and 26 medical or disability information. 27 (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), personal 28 information held by the commission in connection with the 29 following licenses, permits, and certifications issued by the 30 commission is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 31 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution: 32 (a) Recreational fishing, hunting, or use licenses and 33 permits, or other noncommercial or nonprofessional licenses and 34 permits. 35 (b) Hunter safety certification. 36 (c) Boating safety certification or recreation record. 37 (3) Personal information may be disclosed only as follows: 38 (a) For use by a court, law enforcement agency, or other 39 agency, as defined in s. 119.011(2), in carrying out its duties. 40 (b) For use in connection with any civil, criminal, 41 administrative, or arbitral proceeding in any federal, state, or 42 local court or agency presenting before a self-regulatory body, 43 including the service of process, investigation in anticipation 44 of litigation, and the execution or enforcement of judgments and 45 orders, or pursuant to an order of a federal, state, or local 46 court. 47 (c) For use by any requester, if the requester demonstrates 48 it has obtained the written consent of the individual to whom 49 the information pertains. 50 (4) This exemption applies to personal information held by 51 an agency before, on, or after July 1, 2016. 52 (5) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 53 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 54 October 2, 2021, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through 55 reenactment by the Legislature. 56 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 57 necessity that personal information held by the Fish and 58 Wildlife Conservation Commission in connection with applications 59 for licenses, permits, or certifications for recreational, 60 nonprofessional, or noncommercial activities be made exempt from 61 s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the 62 State Constitution. Under current law, personal information that 63 applicants must provide to the commission in order to apply for 64 such licenses, permits, or certifications is a public record 65 available for any purpose. Such information can be obtained and 66 used to perpetrate identity theft and other invasive contacts. 67 The public availability of this personal information needlessly 68 increases the risk of identity theft and invasive contacts with 69 those applying to the commission for such licenses, permits, or 70 certifications. These unnecessary risks would be diminished or 71 eliminated if the commission preserved the confidentiality of 72 personal information provided on applications for such licenses, 73 permits, or certifications. Therefore, the Legislature finds 74 that it is a public necessity to make exempt from public records 75 requirements personal information that is provided to the 76 commission on applications for licenses, permits, or 77 certifications for recreational, nonprofessional, or 78 noncommercial activities. 79 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.