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Welcome to Our Legislation Page

The Florida Bar's legislative positions, information about Bar advocacy, and other links for those interested in the legislative process.

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Current Legislative Session

During the 2014 Legislative Session, March 4 - May 2, The Florida Bar posts weekly updates each Friday afternoon on key issues as they progress through the legislative system.

The Governmental Relations staff reviews all proposed legislation and attempts to identify every Bar committee, section or division that may be interested in any bill. Compilations of those bills are arranged by division, committee or section name and may be accessed on Legislation of Interest to the Legal Profession. This link also includes a separate compilation of all bills filed during the current legislative session.

Any committee or section of The Florida Bar that is interested in advocating a position related to any bill or other legislative issue must first comply with official Bar policies governing such advocacy. Review the Master List of Legislative Positions.

Legislative bill text and analysis can also be viewed via “Online Sunshine” – the Florida Legislature’s official Internet site at www.leg.state.fl.us External Link. You can use either the House of Representatives or the Senate link to look up bill information.

If more in-depth bill tracking is desired, one can simply create Legislative tracking accounts on both the House (Florida House of Representatives - Legislative Tracking Login Page), and Senate (Senate Tracker Login - The Florida Senate), websites. Once an account is established, these tracking systems can be personalized to follow specific issues of importance and can be set up to receive automatic email alerts when the status of those items changes.

The legislative process is ever changing. The Bar’s and the Florida Legislature's websites should be consulted regularly for developments in a bill's progress. Continuing updates to The Florida Bar site may show new listings of bar groups that we think could be potentially interested in a particular bill.

If you need any help, please cal
l Joni Wussler at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5662.

Important Florida Legislative Session Dates
Although legislative sessions only last for 60 days, throughout the year there are committee meetings and other important dates including Organizational Session and bill filing deadlines.


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Legislative Links

The Florida Legislature's On-line Sunshine External Link
This site also provides individuals with access to bill summaries, bill text and legislative actions; House and Senate Committee schedules; registered lobbyists; the Florida Statutes and Constitution; and a list of legislators and their committee assignments.

Live and archived videos of the Florida House External Link and Senate External Link are available through each chamber's website, as well as The Florida Channel. External Link

The Secretary of State's Home page External Link
Among other facts, this site contains election information and a listing of all new laws that were enacted in the previous session.

Any comments, questions or requests should be directed to: The Florida Bar, Governmental Affairs, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-2300. Call: (800)342-8060, ext. 5661 or contact Joni Wussler at jwussler@flabar.org or (850) 561-5662.

What The Florida Bar is Advocating

Legislative Positions
Here you will find the master list of all Bar, section, division and committee positions for the 2012-2014 legislative biennium. All legislative positions within The Florida Bar expire at the conclusion of each legislative biennium.

Legislative positions of The Florida Bar and its committees are officially noticed in the Bar News edition immediately following approval by the Board of Governors. Under Rule 2-9.3(b)-(e) , Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, within 45 days of such notice, members may file a written objection to any of these positions which are funded by Bar membership fees. Objections are considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory fees applicable to any contested legislative position.

Section positions are advanced with the voluntary dues and separate resources of those groups -- and in their name only.

Also available is a legislative position request form PDF document opens in new window for any Bar section, division, or committee wishing to take a position.

How The Florida Bar May Advocate Issues

Rules Regulating The Florida Bar Relating to Legislative Activities
The Florida Bar's legislative activities are primarily influenced by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, as promulgated by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Chapter 1
Rule 1-1, Name
Rule 1-2, Purpose
Chapter 2
Bylaw 2-3.2 (d)(4)Powers
Bylaw 2-7.5, Legislative Action of Sections and Divisions
Bylaw 2-9.3, Legislative Policies

Case Law Relating to Legislative Activities
Legislative activity of The Florida Bar is additionally defined by a number of state and federal court opinions that have clarified the First Amendment rights of individual members in connection with political or ideological activities of their unified bar.

Legislative Standing Board Policy and Procedure
The Florida Bar's legislative program is further shaped by its own operational guidelines, within the 900 Series of the Standing Policies of the Board of Governors.

Board Legislation Committee

[Revised: 03-07-2014]