Florida Senate - 2019 SB 7042 By the Committee on Ethics and Elections 582-02385-19 20197042__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 112.31446, F.S.; providing exemptions from public 4 records requirements for certain passwords that are 5 held by the Commission on Ethics and certain 6 information entered into the electronic filing system 7 for financial disclosure forms; specifying conditions 8 under which such information is no longer exempt; 9 providing for future legislative review and repeal of 10 the exemption; providing a statement of public 11 necessity; providing a contingent effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (6) is added to section 112.31446, 16 Florida Statutes, as created by SB 7040, 2019 Regular Session, 17 to read: 18 112.31446 Electronic filing system for financial 19 disclosure.— 20 (6)(a) All passwords held by the commission for the purpose 21 of allowing access to the electronic filing system are exempt 22 from s. 119.071(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 23 Constitution. 24 (b) Information entered in the electronic filing system for 25 purposes of financial disclosure is exempt from s. 119.071(1) 26 and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. Information 27 entered in the electronic filing system is no longer exempt once 28 the disclosure of financial interests or statement of financial 29 interests is submitted to the commission, or in the case of a 30 candidate, filed with a qualifying officer, whichever occurs 31 first. 32 (c) This subsection is subject to the Open Government 33 Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand 34 repealed on October 2, 2024, unless reviewed and saved from 35 repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 36 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 37 necessity that all passwords held by the Commission on Ethics 38 for the purpose of allowing access to the electronic filing 39 system for financial disclosures, and information entered into 40 the system, be exempt from public records requirements. The 41 Legislature finds that the public’s need for access to 42 information included in the full and public disclosures of 43 financial interests or statements of financial interests filed 44 by reporting individuals be balanced with the filer’s interest 45 in safeguarding personally sensitive information. The 46 Legislature further finds that the unintentional publication of 47 such information may subject the filer to identity theft, 48 financial harm, or other adverse impacts. Without the public 49 records exemption, the effective and efficient administration of 50 the electronic filing system that otherwise is designed to 51 increase the ease of filing for reporting individuals and to 52 improve the public’s access to financial disclosure information 53 would be hindered. For these reasons, the Legislature finds that 54 it is a public necessity to exempt such information from public 55 records requirements. 56 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 57 SB 7040 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 58 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 59 thereof and becomes a law.