Florida Senate - 2024 SB 26 By Senator Rouson 16-00142-24 202426__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; providing an 3 exemption from public records requirements for 4 personal identifying information included in 5 applications submitted to the Department of State by 6 persons seeking certification as victims of Florida 7 reform school abuse; providing for future legislative 8 review and repeal of the exemption; providing a 9 statement of public necessity; providing a contingent 10 effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Applications for certification as a victim of 15 Florida reform school abuse; public records exemption.—Any 16 personal identifying information included in an application 17 submitted to the Department of State by, or on behalf of, a 18 person seeking certification as a victim of Florida reform 19 school abuse, as defined in the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys 20 and Okeechobee School Abuse Victim Certification Act, is exempt 21 from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of 22 the State Constitution. This paragraph is subject to the Open 23 Government Sunset Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15, 24 Florida Statutes, and shall stand repealed on December 31, 2025, 25 unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the 26 Legislature. 27 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 28 necessity that any personal identifying information included in 29 applications submitted to the Department of State by, or on 30 behalf of, any person seeking certification as a victim of 31 Florida reform school abuse be made exempt from s. 119.07(1), 32 Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), Article I of the State 33 Constitution. The Legislature finds that the release of personal 34 identifying information included in certification applications 35 could subject victims of Florida reform school abuse to further 36 trauma. The Legislature further finds that such victims would be 37 more likely to come forward and seek redress if personal 38 identifying information included in the applications were 39 protected from public disclosure. The Legislature finds that the 40 harm that may result from the release of such information 41 outweighs the public benefit that may be derived from the 42 disclosure of the information. 43 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 44 SB _____ or similar legislation takes effect, if such 45 legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an 46 extension thereof and becomes a law.