Notice About The Bill
There is no companion bill for SB 1700. Information for this bill has been compiled together below.
Public Records Exemption: Compassionate Use Registry
Senate Bill # 1700 - Public Records / Personal Identifying Information / Compassionate Use Registry
Sponsored by Sen. Bean
SB 1700 passed the Senate on April 28, 2014. The bill was amended by the House on May 1, 2014, and subsequently passed the Senate on May 2, 2014. The senate bill had no House companion.
The bill is tied to CS/CS/SB 1030, which creates a regulatory scheme overseen by the Department of Health (DOH) that authorizes the use of low-THC cannabis for limited medicinal purposes.
The bill makes patient and physician personal identifying information held by DOH in the compassionate use registry (registry) confidential and exempt from the public records requirements of section 119.07(1), F.S., and article I, section 24(a) of the Florida Constitution. The bill allows law enforcement agencies, low-THC cannabis dispensing organizations, physicians, DOH's relevant health care regulatory boards, and persons engaged in bona fide research to access the information in the registry under certain circumstances. The bill also requires that such confidential and exempt information remain confidential and exempt once released from the registry and provides penalties for violating the provisions of the exemption.
This bill is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act and will stand repealed on October 2, 2019, unless reviewed and reenacted by the Legislature.
The bill contains a public necessity statement as required by the Florida Constitution.
Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is on the same date that CS/CS/SB 1030 takes effect.