The Florida Bar’s legislative policies and procedures are directed by Section 900 of the Standing Board Policies. Section 9.11 defines “voluntary bar group,” “mandatory bar group” and “political” activity. In this process map, “section” is used to mean “voluntary bar group” for ease of understanding.
As used in this series of these policies, the term:
(a) “Voluntary Bar Group” means a group within The Florida Bar funded by voluntary member dues in the current and immediate prior bar fiscal years.
(b) “Mandatory Bar Group” means The Florida Bar and groups within The Florida Bar funded by mandatory member fees in the current or immediate prior bar fiscal years.
(c) “Political” means activity by The Florida Bar or a bar group including, but not limited to, filing a comment in a federal administrative law case, taking a position on an action by an elected or appointed governmental official, appearing before a government entity, submitting comments to a regulatory entity on a regulatory matter, or any type of public commentary on an issue of significant public interest or debate.