Florida Senate - 2020 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 812 Ì686264;Î686264 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (Hutson) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 379.1026, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 379.1026 Site-specific location information for endangered 8 and threatened species; public records exemption.— 9 (1) As used in this section, the term: 10 (a) “Agency” has the same meaning as in s. 119.011. 11 (b) “Endangered species” has the same meaning as in s. 12 379.2291(3)(b). 13 (c) “Threatened species” has the same meaning as in s. 14 379.2291(3)(c). 15 (2) The site-specific location information held by an 16 agency concerning a species listed by a federal agency as 17 endangered or threatened or listed by the Fish and Wildlife 18 Conservation Commission as threatened is exempt from s. 19 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This 20 exemption does not apply to animals held in captivity and is not 21 waived by the release of such location information to another 22 agency or to an educational institution or scientific facility 23 for research purposes. This section is subject to the Open 24 Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and 25 shall stand repealed on October 2, 2025, unless reviewed and 26 saved from repeal by the Legislature. 27 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 28 necessity that the site-specific location information held by an 29 agency concerning a species listed by a federal agency as 30 endangered or threatened or listed by the Fish and Wildlife 31 Conservation Commission as threatened be made exempt from s. 32 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the 33 State Constitution. The Legislature finds that the release of 34 such location information would jeopardize the continued 35 existence of endangered or threatened species by increasing the 36 risk of exposure to wildlife poachers or by threatening the 37 integrity of the site due to increased use or traffic. This 38 exemption protects private property owners from potential 39 trespass and related liability issues when endangered or 40 threatened species are found on their properties and encourages 41 such property owners, as well as researchers, to provide 42 agencies with information they might not otherwise provide if 43 such location information were made public. The Legislature 44 finds that the harm that may result from the release of such 45 location information outweighs any public benefit that may be 46 derived from the disclosure of the information. 47 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020. 48 49 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 50 And the title is amended as follows: 51 Delete everything before the enacting clause 52 and insert: 53 A bill to be entitled 54 An act relating to public records; creating s. 55 379.1026, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 56 records requirements for the site-specific location 57 information of certain endangered and threatened 58 species; providing for future legislative review and 59 repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of 60 public necessity; providing an effective date.