Florida Senate - 2017 CS for SB 450 By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Brandes 591-02386-17 2017450c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 901.40, 3 F.S.; providing that the personal identifying 4 information of an adult who participates in a 5 prearrest diversion program is exempt from public 6 record requirements; providing for future review and 7 repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of 8 public necessity; providing a contingent effective 9 date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Subsection (6) is added to section 901.40, 14 Florida Statutes, as created by SB 448, 2017 Regular Session, to 15 read: 16 901.40 Prearrest diversion programs.— 17 (6) PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTION.—The personal identifying 18 information of an adult who participates in a prearrest 19 diversion program, as encouraged by this section, is exempt from 20 s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. 21 This subsection is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review 22 Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on 23 October 2, 2022, unless reviewed and saved from such repeal 24 through reenactment by the Legislature. 25 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 26 necessity that the personal identifying information of an adult 27 who participates in a prearrest diversion program be exempt from 28 s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the 29 State Constitution. The goal of such programs is to give a 30 second chance to adults who commit misdemeanor offenses and 31 allow them the opportunity to avoid having an arrest record. If 32 the personal identifying information of such adults were not 33 exempt from disclosure, it would defeat the program’s goal of 34 giving adults who commit misdemeanor offenses a means to avoid 35 the negative consequences of an arrest and prosecution. If such 36 information were able to be obtained by the public, the 37 disclosure might negatively impact the effectiveness of the 38 program. For these reasons, the Legislature finds that it is a 39 public necessity that the personal identifying information of an 40 adult who participates in a prearrest diversion program be 41 exempt from public records requirements. 42 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 43 SB 448 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 44 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 45 thereof and becomes a law.