COMMITTEE AMENDMENT NO 1 PROPOSED TO
House Bill No. 1205
Amend by striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
SECTION 1. The following words and phrases shall have the meanings as defined in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(a) "Personal information" means any list, record, register, registry, roll, roster or other compilation of data of any kind that directly or indirectly identifies a person as a member, supporter or volunteer of, or donor of financial or nonfinancial support to, any entity organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Personal information does not include information reportable to the Secretary of State pursuant to Section 79-11-503(1)(b).
(b) "Public agency" means any state or local governmental unit, however designated, including, but not limited to, this state; any department, agency, office, commission, board, division or other entity of this state; any political subdivision of this state, including, but not limited to, a county, city, township, village, school district, community college district or any other local governmental unit, agency, authority, council, board or commission; or any state or local court, tribunal or other judicial or quasi-judicial body.
SECTION 2. (1) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, and subject to subsection (3), a public agency shall not do any of the following:
(a) Require any entity organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide the public agency with personal information.
(b) If in the possession of personal information, a public agency shall not release, publicize or otherwise disclose that personal information without the express written permission of every identified member, supporter, volunteer or donor of the Section 501(c)(3) entity as well as the Section 501(c)(3) entity that received their membership, support, volunteer time or donations.
(c) Request or require a current or prospective contractor with the public agency to provide the public agency with a list of entities organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to which it has provided financial or nonfinancial support.
(2) Personal information shall be exempt from disclosure under the Mississippi Public Records Act.
(3) This act does not preclude either of the following:
(a) Any lawful warrant for personal information issued by a court of competent jurisdiction; or
(b) A lawful request for discovery of personal information in litigation if both of the following conditions are met:
(i) The requestor demonstrates a compelling need for the personal information by clear and convincing evidence; and
(ii) The requestor obtains a protective order barring disclosure of personal information to any person not directly involved in the litigation. As used in this subparagraph, "person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental entity or other legal entity.
SECTION 3. (1) A person alleging a violation of this act may bring a civil action for appropriate injunctive relief, damages or both. Damages awarded under this section may include one (1) of the following, as appropriate:
(a) A sum of money not less than Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) to compensate for injury or loss caused by each violation of this act.
(b) For an intentional violation of this act, a sum of money not to exceed three (3) times the sum described in paragraph (a) of this subsection (1).
(2) A court, in rendering a judgment in an action brought under this section, may award all or a portion of the costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney fees and witness fees, to the complainant in the action if the court determines that the award is appropriate.
SECTION 4. A person who knowingly violates this act is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than ninety (90) days or a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or both.
SECTION 5. The requirements of this act shall not affect any provisions of the Mississippi Campaign Finance statutes provided in Sections 23-15-801, et seq.
SECTION 6. Section 25-61-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-61-3. The following words shall have the meanings ascribed herein unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(a) "Public body" shall mean any department, bureau, division, council, commission, committee, subcommittee, board, agency and any other entity of the state or a political subdivision thereof, and any municipal corporation and any other entity created by the Constitution or by law, executive order, ordinance or resolution. The term "public body" includes the governing board of a charter school authorized by the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board. Within the meaning of this chapter, the term "entity" shall not be construed to include individuals employed by a public body or any appointed or elected public official.
(b) "Public records" shall mean all books, records, papers, accounts, letters, maps, photographs, films, cards, tapes, recordings or reproductions thereof, and any other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, having been used, being in use, or prepared, possessed or retained for use in the conduct, transaction or performance of any business, transaction, work, duty or function of any public body, or required to be maintained by any public body. "Public records" shall not mean "personal information" as defined in Section 1 of this act.
(c) "Data processing software" means the programs and routines used to employ and control the capabilities of data processing hardware, including, but not limited to, operating systems, compilers, assemblers, utilities, library routines, maintenance routines, applications and computer networking programs.
(d) "Proprietary software" means data processing software that is obtained under a licensing agreement and is protected by copyright or trade secret laws.
(e) "Incident report" means a narrative description, if such narrative description exists and if such narrative description does not contain investigative information, of an alleged offense, and at a minimum shall include the name and identification of each person charged with and arrested for the alleged offense, the time, date and location of the alleged offense, and the property involved, to the extent this information is known.
(f) "Investigative report" means records of a law enforcement agency containing information beyond the scope of the matters contained in an incident report, and generally will include, but not be limited to, the following matters if beyond the scope of the matters contained in an incident report:
(i) Records that are compiled in the process of detecting and investigating any unlawful activity or alleged unlawful activity, the disclosure of which would harm the investigation which may include crime scene reports and demonstrative evidence;
(ii) Records that would reveal the identity of informants and/or witnesses;
(iii) Records that would prematurely release information that would impede the public body's enforcement, investigative or detection efforts;
(iv) Records that would disclose investigatory techniques and/or results of investigative techniques;
(v) Records that would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication;
(vi) Records that would endanger the life or safety of a public official or law enforcement personnel, or confidential informants or witnesses;
(vii) Records pertaining to quality control or PEER review activities; or
(viii) Records that would impede or jeopardize a prosecutor's ability to prosecute the alleged offense.
(g) "Law enforcement agency" means a public body that performs as one (1) of its principal functions activities pertaining to the enforcement of criminal laws, the apprehension and investigation of criminal offenders, or the investigation of criminal activities.
SECTION 7. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2019, and shall stand repealed on June 30, 2019.
Further, amend by striking the title in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT A PUBLIC AGENCY SHALL NOT REQUIRE ANY ENTITY ORGANIZED UNDER SECTION 501(C)(3) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC AGENCY WITH PERSONAL INFORMATION; TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO THIS PROHIBITION; TO PROVIDE PENALTIES; TO AMEND SECTION 25-61-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CONFORM TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.