Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 092757
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File Number: 092757 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1216-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPT PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFO Introduced: 10/7/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/20/2009
Agenda Date: 10/20/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A3
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTION FOR PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION INCLUDING ACCOUNT INFORMATION, LOCATION AND TRAVEL PATTERNS RELATED TO PRE-PAID TRANSIT FARE SYSTEMS, SUCH AS MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S EASY CARD SYSTEM
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 10/20/2009 11A3 Adopted P

County Attorney 10/7/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC RECORDS EXEMPTION FOR PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION INCLUDING ACCOUNT INFORMATION, LOCATION AND TRAVEL PATTERNS RELATED TO PRE-PAID TRANSIT FARE SYSTEMS, SUCH AS MIAMI-DADE COUNTYíS EASY CARD SYSTEM

BODY
WHEREAS, EASY Card is a plastic card designed for up to three years use that allows passengers to pay transit fares simply by tapping the EASY Card on Metrorail fare gates and Metrobus fare boxes; and
WHEREAS, EASY Card allows a person to load up to $150 in monetary value or a 1Day, 7-Day or 1-Month pass on an EASY Card using cash, a credit card, an ATM card or debit card; and
WHEREAS, EASY Card eliminates the need for paper transfers, and promises improved reliability, ease of use, reductions in lost revenue and improved ridership statistical data; and
WHEREAS, to acquire an EASY Card, a person must create an account online, use a ticket vending machine at a Metrorail station, or visit an EASY Card sales outlet or the Transit Service Center at the Government Center Metrorail station; and
WHEREAS, in 1996, the Florida Legislature passed section 338.155(6), Florida Statutes, which provided a public records exemption related to transponders for electronic toll collection systems, such as SunPass for personal identifying information, including a personís whereabouts, travel patterns and information contained on an application for a SunPass or other transponder; and
WHEREAS, the Legislature justified this public records exemption by finding that the exemption protected the privacy of the public by putting persons who use SunPass and other transponders on an equal footing with persons who pay cash at toll booths and therefore created no records; and
WHEREAS, EASY Card presents similar concerns as SunPass related to privacy regarding information about a personís whereabouts and travel patterns on Metrorail and Metrobus as well as information a person provides to create an EASY Card account; and
WHEREAS, all bank account numbers and debit, charge and credit card numbers are already exempt from disclosure under Floridaís public records laws, but other information contained in an EASY Card application as well as records related to a personís whereabouts and travel patterns are not exempt from public records laws; and
WHEREAS, a public records exemption is necessary to place EASY Card users on an equal footing with people who pay cash for Metrorail and Metrobus,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to provide a public records exemption for personal identifying information including location and travel patterns as well as account information related to pre-paid transit fare systems, such as Miami-Dade Countyís EASY Card system.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2010 State Legislative Package.



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