Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Releases ‘Florida’s Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations’

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Law Firm Launches Newest Guidebook in its 'Law and Learning Guidebook Series' to Encourage Community Associations to Become Active in Florida’s Political Process

Florida's Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations

Florida's Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations

Our hope is that ‘Florida’s Political Process’ will help make Boards and individual homeowners more effective advocates and ensure that they inform their legislators each year on the issues that matter most to associations statewide.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, the leader in community association law in the state of Florida, today announced the latest addition to the law firm’s ongoing “Law and Learning Guidebook Series” with the release for free public download of “Florida’s Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations.”

Available online immediately at http://canfl.com/getfppguidebook, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s “Florida Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations” details for community association Board members, homeowners and managers alike, the fundamental workings of the Florida State Legislature and the roles of both legislative chambers – the House and Senate – in the annual consideration of legislation that impacts Florida’s 60,000+ community associations.

This latest guidebook has been years in the making after the Firm’s not-for-profit Community Advocacy Network (CAN) achieved a number of notable legislative successes for Florida’s community associations during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Florida legislative sessions. The new “Florida’s Political Process” guidebook encourages community associations statewide to “get involved,” helping them to understand the political process and showing how they can effectively participate to influence legislation that can affect property values and the quality of living in condos, HOAs, mobile homes, time shares and other communities across Florida.

“We are so pleased to release this latest title in our Katzman Garfinkel & Berger ‘Law and Learning Guidebook Series’ as a public service for use by Florida community association Board members and residents who want to become active and make their voices heard in Florida’s political process,” said Donna DiMaggio Berger, Founding Partner, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger.

“Many folks think they know what works best when trying to seek help from our Legislature when they might, in fact, be working contrary to their goals,” said Ms. Berger, who is also Executive Director of the firm’s Community Advocacy Network (CAN). “Our hope is that this new Guidebook on ‘Florida’s Political Process’ will serve to help make Boards and individual homeowners more effective advocates and ensure that they understand the steps needed to inform their legislators each year on the issues that matter most to associations statewide.”

The availability of “Florida’s Political Process” follows the release just last month of the third-annual Katzman Garfinkel & Berger “Legislative Guidebook for Community Associations,” also available for free download by the public at: http://canfl.com/getlegislativeguidebook.

The new “Florida’s Political Process: A Guidebook for Community Associations” contains detailed information on the workings of the Florida legislative process in Tallahassee, broken out into easy-to-understand section headings that include:

  •     “How an Idea Becomes a Law” - Starting when an idea first emanates from a citizens’ group or a legislator’s office, through bill drafting in the House, subcommittee hearings, consecutive readings, consideration by the Florida Senate, return to the House, and consideration and final action by the Governor;
  •     “What Does Bill History Mean?” - A step-by-step walk-through of the terminology used on Senate and House websites which often proves confusing to citizens trying to find out what is happening with a specific bill during the legislative process; and,
  •     “How to Effectively Communicate with Your Legislator … Do’s & Don’ts” – Tips and pointers on how citizens can most effectively communicate their views with their State legislators, including the protocols and comparative advantages and disadvantages of personal visits, letter writing, e-mail and social media contact.

The new “Florida’s Political Process” Guidebook also contains a thorough “Glossary of Terms” that explain the meanings of more than 75 terms and phrases that are key to understanding the legislative process. In addition, this latest title in Katzman Garfinkel & Berger’s “Law and Learning Guidebook Series” provides a directory to additional courses, materials and tools that the law firm has created especially for use by Florida community associations statewide.

Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, a statewide law firm proudly devoted to all aspects of Florida community association representation, offers Florida communities a full range of legal services, including general corporate representation, lien collection and foreclosure services and strategies, first-party insurance claim recovery and construction defect litigation.

Unique in its level of commitment to Florida community association education, Katzman Garfinkel & Berger has been designated as "One of the Most Distinguished Law Firms in America" by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating system spanning more than a century of service evaluating American Law Firms.

For more information about the Florida statewide community association law firm of Katzman Garfinkel & Berger, please visit: http://www.KGBLawFirm.com.

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About Katzman Garfinkel & Berger (KG&B):
Katzman Garfinkel & Berger is Florida's leader in community association law, with clientele that include more than 1,000 of the finest community associations statewide.

"Committed to Community," the firm provides a comprehensive educational program for Board members and managers through the Katzman Garfinkel & Berger Law and Learning Center, including the popular Board Member Boot Camp® seminars and "We Speak Condo" course series. Dedicated to the best interests of Florida community associations, the firm does not represent developers, banks, insurance companies or other entities with interests adverse to its community association clientele.

For more information and contact details for Katzman Garfinkel & Berger's seven strategically located offices throughout Florida, visit: http://www.KGBLawFirm.com.

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