Section Legislative Positions 2017-08-30T19:00:17+00:00

SECTION LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

Approved legislative positions for the 2016-2018 biennium are as follows:

  • Opposes any amendment to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, or other legislation to deny, limit or restrict points of entry to administrative proceedings under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, by substantially affected persons.

  • Opposes exemptions or exceptions to the Administrative Procedure Act, but supports requiring that any exemption or exception that is enacted be included within Chapter 120, Florida Statutes.

  • Supports voluntary use of mediation to resolve matters in administrative proceedings under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, and supports confidentiality of discussions in mediation; but opposes mandatory mediation and opposes imposition of involuntary penalties associated with mediation.

  • Opposes amendments to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, or other legislation that limit, restrict, or penalize full participation in the administrative process without compelling justification.

  • Supports adequate funding of the Division of Administrative Hearings and other existing state administrative dispute resolution forums in order to ensure efficient resolution of administrative disputes.

  • Opposes any amendment to Chapter 120, Florida Statutes, or other legislation, that undermines the rule-making requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.

  • Supports uniformity of procedures in administrative proceedings under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes.

  • Opposes legislation which undermines generally-accepted principles of Florida administrative law by altering the balance between the rights of citizens to participate in the administrative process and the responsibility of an agency to implement and enforce the agency’s statutory responsibilities.

  • Opposes legislation which deviates from generally-accepted principles of Florida administrative law by hindering an agency from promulgating otherwise-authorized rules to interpret statutes within the agency’s area of responsibility or to efficiently administer its statutory responsibilities.

  • Supports the use of technology to reduce costs and expedite administrative proceedings.

  • Opposes term limits for judges at any level of Florida’s state court system.

  • Opposes term limits for administrative law judges

  • Opposes legislation that impairs the independence, fairness, impartiality — or impairs the appearance of independence, fairness or impartiality — of administrative law judges, hearing officers, or others performing quasi-judicial functions. As used herein, the term “independence” means freedom to make decisions based on the facts and applicable law without outside control or influence in the decision-making process.