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March 15, 2014
Legislative Action

Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) - (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.

Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.

The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.
Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.

The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.

Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.21, the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar approved the following new legislative position of The Florida Bar on March 6, 2014:

18. Supports the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Florida to define the practice of law in this state consistent with Article V, Section 15 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. In furtherance thereof, The Florida Bar opposes SB 1496 and HB 7039 in the 2014 Legislative Session.

[Revised: 04-28-2014]