Florida Senate - 2021 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 968 Ì2546546Î254654 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability (Rodrigues) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment 2 3 Delete lines 23 - 58 4 and insert: 5 1. Tax returns. 6 2. Credit history information, credit reports, and credit 7 scores. 8 (b) This subsection does not prohibit the disclosure of 9 information held by an economic development agency pursuant to 10 its administration of a small business loan program in an 11 aggregated and anonymized format. 12 (c) This subsection is subject to the Open Government 13 Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand 14 repealed on October 2, 2026, unless reviewed and saved from 15 repeal through reenactment by the Legislature. 16 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 17 necessity that the tax returns and credit history information, 18 credit reports, and credit scores held by an economic 19 development agency pursuant to its administration of any state 20 or federally funded small business loan program be made exempt 21 from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of 22 the State Constitution. In order to assess the viability of 23 loans, an economic development agency may obtain sensitive 24 information of a borrower, including certain financial 25 information. If released, the sensitive information could be 26 used by fraudulent contractors, predatory lenders, thieves, or 27 individuals seeking to impose on the borrower. Therefore, it is 28 necessary that sensitive information held by an economic 29 development agency pursuant to its administration of any state 30 or federally funded small business loan program be protected to 31 ensure that borrowers are not harassed, intimidated, or 32 potentially defrauded. The Legislature finds the harm that may 33 result from the release of such sensitive information outweighs 34 the public benefit that may be derived from the disclosure of 35 the information.