Monday, March 21, 2011

Regulation and the State of Florida...are we close?

I received this from the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations :

On behalf of the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations (FAPA), I am pleased to announce the “birth” of two new bills to require mandatory paralegal regulation for consideration by the Florida Legislature in the session due to begin on March 8, 2011: Senate Bill 1612, and House Bill 1149 (attached for your review.)

FAPA delegates have been working hard during the “gestation” period of these bills.  As many parents out there can attest:  we’re always a little surprised when we find out exactly what our child looks like when they are born!   This is true with these bills as well.  They are very different from what we initially proposed, but they carry the “genes” for healthy regulation of the paralegal profession, and we will continue to work hard to develop a viable program under the Florida Supreme Court’s oversight if these bills are passed.  As new “parents,” the FAPA board will be very busy over the next few months, but we will try hard to send “pictures” along the way! 

All kidding aside, either Bob Hrouda or myself will keep you abreast of the developments on these two bills as we can.   I do feel a little like someone in the family has given birth (and I feel a bit like the one who went through labor), and am very proud to spread this news.  We are very hopeful for a positive outcome.