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Florida Capitol Otto von Bismarck is credited with the saying, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” If Bar members do not want to watch either, but do want to stay current on legislative activity in Florida, The Florida Bar makes it easier for members to find and track bills of interest.

Bar General Counsel Gypsy Bailey said the Bar’s Government Relations Office reviews all filed legislation, sorts each bill according to potential interest to various Bar committees and sections, and provides links to these bills on the Bar’s website.

All of this information is located under the Legislative Activity tab on www.floridabar.org.

Scrolling down, there are several links including “2020 Legislation of Interest to the Legal Profession.” On that page, members may view bills of interest to The Bar or the legal profession, as well as legislation of interest to individual sections or committees.

Rather than Bar members finding a bill number to look it up on a legislative website, the Bar lists the bill numbers, title, sponsor, and last action, with the bill number as a link to a webpage run by Lobbytools. The Lobbytools page provides detailed information about the bill, with links to the bill text.

A different part of the Florida Bar Legislative Activity webpage provides a list of all current Bar-wide, section, and committee authorized legislative positions. Scroll down to “What The Florida Bar is Advocating” and there are two links – one, to the legislation positions page; and two, to the legislative position request form.

For additional information or questions, members may contact Hooks at [email protected], or call 850-561-5662.

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