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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 notice 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 notice 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 9.20, the Board approved the following new legislative positions on December 2, 2022:

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  1. Supports adequate funding of the state courts system and associated offices that perform court-related functions. 
  1. Opposes amendments to the Florida Constitution that would alter the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida to regulate the admission of persons to the practice of law and the discipline of persons admitted. 
  1. Opposes amendment of Article V, Section 2(a) of the Florida Constitution that would restrict the Supreme Court’s authority to adopt rules for practice and procedure in all courts; opposes any amendment of the Florida Constitution that would change the manner by which rules of the judicial qualifications commission, the rules of judicial nominating commissions, and rules for practice and procedure in all courts may be repealed by the legislature.

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