Florida Senate - 2020 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 878 Ì109904-Î109904 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Health Policy (Harrell) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Paragraph (l) is added to subsection (5) of 6 section 119.071, Florida Statutes, to read: 7 119.071 General exemptions from inspection or copying of 8 public records.— 9 (5) OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION.— 10 (l)1. For purposes of this paragraph, the term “emergency 11 room health care practitioner” means any licensed health care 12 practitioner whose duties are performed in a hospital emergency 13 department, including, but not limited to, a physician or a 14 physician assistant licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459; 15 an advanced practice registered nurse, a registered nurse, or a 16 licensed practical nurse licensed under part I of chapter 464; 17 or any other licensed health care personnel. 18 2. The home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, 19 places of employment, and photographs of current or former 20 emergency room health care practitioners; the names, home 21 addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and places of 22 employment of the spouses and children of such practitioners; 23 and the names and locations of schools and day care facilities 24 attended by the children of such practitioners are exempt from 25 s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution. 26 3. The exemption in subparagraph 2. applies to information 27 held by an agency before, on, or after the effective date of the 28 exemption. 29 4. This paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset 30 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 31 on October 2, 2025, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 32 through reenactment by the Legislature. 33 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 34 necessity that the home addresses, telephone numbers, dates of 35 birth, places of employment, and photographs of current or 36 former emergency room health care practitioners; the names, home 37 addresses, telephone numbers, and places of employment of the 38 spouses and children of such practitioners; and the names and 39 locations of schools and day care facilities attended by the 40 children of such practitioners be exempt from public records 41 requirements. Emergency room health care practitioners, by 42 nature of their duties, are often placed in traumatic 43 circumstances in which loss of life and severe bodily injuries 44 have occurred. Such practitioners are particularly vulnerable to 45 physical violence, harassment, and intimidation perpetrated by 46 patients or relatives of patients who can be violent, angry, or 47 mentally unstable. As a result, the Legislature finds that the 48 release of identifying and location information of emergency 49 room health care practitioners, or the spouses and children of 50 such practitioners, could place them in danger of being 51 physically or emotionally harmed or stalked by a person who has 52 a hostile reaction to his or her encounter with such 53 practitioners. The Legislature further finds that the harm that 54 may result from the release of such identifying and location 55 information outweighs any public benefit that may be derived 56 from the disclosure of the information. 57 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law. 58 59 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 60 And the title is amended as follows: 61 Delete everything before the enacting clause 62 and insert: 63 A bill to be entitled 64 An act relating to public records; amending s. 65 119.071, F.S.; defining the term “emergency room 66 health care practitioner”; providing an exemption from 67 public records requirements for the identifying and 68 location information of current or former emergency 69 room health care practitioners and the spouses and 70 children of such practitioners; providing for 71 retroactive application; providing for future 72 legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 73 providing a statement of public necessity; providing 74 an effective date.