Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1044
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/05/2020           .                                

       The Committee on Judiciary (Pizzo) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 28 - 77
    4  and insert:
    5         (2) A treatment provider or an employee or volunteer of a
    6  treatment provider who in the normal course of care of a dog or
    7  cat knows or has reason to suspect animal cruelty as prohibited
    8  in s. 828.12(1) shall be held harmless from either criminal or
    9  civil liability for any decisions made in good faith to report
   10  suspected cruelty to a local law enforcement agency or animal
   11  control agency or to cooperate with any related investigation of
   12  cruelty to animals.
   13         (3) An employee or volunteer of a treatment provider who
   14  knowingly alters or destroys an existing medical record for the
   15  purpose of concealing or attempting to conceal cruelty to a dog
   16  or cat commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as
   17  provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
   19  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   20  And the title is amended as follows:
   21         Delete lines 4 - 15
   22  and insert:
   23         “treatment provider”; providing immunity from criminal
   24         and civil liability for certain persons and entities
   25         who report animal cruelty; prohibiting the alteration
   26         or destruction of certain records; providing criminal
   27         penalties; providing an effective date.