Florida Senate - 2020 SB 812 By Senator Hutson 7-00640A-20 2020812__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; creating s. 3 379.1026, F.S.; providing an exemption from public 4 records requirements for the site-specific location 5 information of certain threatened or endangered 6 species; providing for legislative review and repeal 7 of the exemption; providing a statement of public 8 necessity; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Section 379.1026, Florida Statutes, is created 13 to read: 14 379.1026 Site-specific location information for threatened 15 and endangered species; public records exemption.— 16 (1) As used in this section, the term: 17 (a) “Agency” has the same meaning as in s. 119.011. 18 (b) “Endangered species” has the same meaning as in s. 19 379.2291(3)(b). 20 (c) “Threatened species” has the same meaning as in s. 21 379.2291(3)(c). 22 (2) The site-specific location information held by an 23 agency concerning a species that is listed federally as an 24 endangered species or a threatened species or is listed by the 25 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a threatened 26 species is exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the 27 State Constitution. This exemption is not waived by the release 28 of such public record to another agency or an educational or 29 scientific facility for research purposes. This section is 30 subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in accordance 31 with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 2025, 32 unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the Legislature. 33 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 34 necessity that the site-specific location information held by an 35 agency concerning a species that is listed federally as an 36 endangered species or a threatened species or is listed by the 37 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a threatened 38 species be made exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and 39 s. 24(a), Article I of the State Constitution. The Legislature 40 finds that the release of such location information would 41 jeopardize the continued existence of protected species by 42 putting them in danger from wildlife poachers or by threatening 43 the integrity of the site due to increased use of or traffic 44 within the site. This exemption protects private property owners 45 from potential trespass and related liability issues when 46 endangered or threatened species are found on their properties 47 and encourages the landowners, as well as researchers, to 48 provide information to the agencies which they would not 49 otherwise provide if the information could be made public. The 50 Legislature finds that the harm that may result from the release 51 of such site-specific location information outweighs any public 52 benefit that may be derived from the disclosure of the 53 information. 54 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.