Florida Senate - 2021 SB 7034 By the Committee on Regulated Industries 580-02164-21 20217034__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to a review under the Open Government 3 Sunset Review Act; amending s. 499.051, F.S., which 4 relates to an exemption from public records 5 requirements for trade secrets contained within 6 complaints or pursuant to an investigation of such 7 complaints obtained by the Department of Business and 8 Professional Regulation, which are submitted by 9 permittees relating to the manufacture, repackaging, 10 or distribution of a drug or for a permit or product 11 registration or for the renewal of such permit or 12 product registration; removing the scheduled repeal of 13 the exemption; providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 499.051, Florida Statutes, is amended to 18 read: 19 499.051 Inspections and investigations.— 20 (1) The agents of the department and of the Department of 21 Law Enforcement, after they present proper identification, may 22 inspect, monitor, and investigate any establishment permitted 23 pursuant to this chapter during business hours for the purpose 24 of enforcing this chapter, chapters 465, 501, and 893, and the 25 rules of the department that protect the public health, safety, 26 and welfare. 27 (2) In addition to the authority set forth in subsection 28 (1), the department and any duly designated officer or employee 29 of the department may enter and inspect any other establishment 30 for the purpose of determining compliance with this chapter and 31 rules adopted under this chapter regarding any drug, device, or 32 cosmetic. 33 (3) Any application for a permit or product registration or 34 for renewal of such permit or registration made pursuant to this 35 chapter and rules adopted under this chapter constitutes 36 permission for any entry or inspection of the premises in order 37 to verify compliance with this chapter and rules; to discover, 38 investigate, and determine the existence of compliance; or to 39 elicit, receive, respond to, and resolve complaints and 40 violations. 41 (4) Any application for a permit made pursuant to s. 42 499.012 or s. 499.831 and rules adopted under those sections 43 constitutes permission for agents of the department and the 44 Department of Law Enforcement, after presenting proper 45 identification, to inspect, review, and copy any financial 46 document or record related to the manufacture, repackaging, or 47 distribution of a drug as is necessary to verify compliance with 48 this chapter and the rules adopted by the department to 49 administer this chapter, in order to discover, investigate, and 50 determine the existence of compliance, or to elicit, receive, 51 respond to, and resolve complaints and violations. 52 (5) The authority to inspect under this section includes 53 the authority to access, review, and copy any and all financial 54 documents related to the activity of manufacturing, repackaging, 55 or distributing prescription drugs. 56 (6) The authority to inspect under this section includes 57 the authority to secure: 58 (a) Samples or specimens of any drug, device, or cosmetic; 59 or 60 (b) Such other evidence as is needed for any action to 61 enforce this part and the rules adopted under this part. 62 (7)(a) The complaint and all information obtained pursuant 63 to the investigation by the department are confidential and 64 exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 65 Constitution until the investigation and the enforcement action 66 are completed. 67 (b) Information that constitutes a trade secret, as defined 68 in s. 812.081, contained in the complaint or obtained by the 69 department pursuant to the investigation must remain 70 confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I 71 of the State Constitution as long as the information is held by 72 the department.
This paragraph is subject to the Open Government73 Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand74 repealed on October 2, 2021, unless reviewed and saved from75 repeal through reenactment by the Legislature.76 (c) This subsection does not prohibit the department from 77 using such information for regulatory or enforcement proceedings 78 under this chapter or from providing such information to any law 79 enforcement agency or any other regulatory agency. However, the 80 receiving agency shall keep such records confidential and exempt 81 as provided in this subsection. 82 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2021.