Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 812 By the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources; and Senator Hutson 592-02237-20 2020812c1 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 endangered and threatened 6 species; providing for future legislative review and 7 repeal of the exemption; providing a statement of 8 public 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 endangered 15 and threatened 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 listed by a federal agency as 24 endangered or threatened or listed by the Fish and Wildlife 25 Conservation Commission as threatened is exempt from s. 26 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. This 27 exemption does not apply to animals held in captivity and is not 28 waived by the release of such location information to another 29 agency or to an educational institution or scientific facility 30 for research purposes. This section is subject to the Open 31 Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and 32 shall stand repealed on October 2, 2025, unless reviewed and 33 saved from repeal by the Legislature. 34 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 35 necessity that the site-specific location information held by an 36 agency concerning a species listed by a federal agency as 37 endangered or threatened or listed by the Fish and Wildlife 38 Conservation Commission as threatened be made exempt from s. 39 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the 40 State Constitution. The Legislature finds that the release of 41 such location information would jeopardize the continued 42 existence of endangered or threatened species by increasing the 43 risk of exposure to wildlife poachers or by threatening the 44 integrity of the site due to increased use or traffic. This 45 exemption protects private property owners from potential 46 trespass and related liability issues when endangered or 47 threatened species are found on their properties and encourages 48 such property owners, as well as researchers, to provide 49 agencies with information they might not otherwise provide if 50 such location information were made public. The Legislature 51 finds that the harm that may result from the release of such 52 location information outweighs any public benefit that may be 53 derived from the disclosure of the information. 54 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.