first_img FAWL lobbies the legislature FAWL lobbies the legislature April 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Florida Association for Women Lawyers members from across the state gathered in Tallahassee recently to walk the halls of the Capitol, rub shoulders with legislators, lobbyists, and other public officials, learn grassroots lobbying techniques at a free CLE, and network with other women’s groups as part of its annual lobby days event.FAWL also held a four-hour legislative CLE on the morning of March 13. Florida Bar President Alan Bookman briefed attendees on the Bar’s legislative agenda and Deputy Secretary of Health Nancy Humbert discussed information about women’s health issues. Former Justice Stephen Grimes, Susan Kelsey, and Damien Filer talked about citizen initiatives to amend the constitution on a panel moderated by Chasity O’Steen. FAWL lobbyist Yolanda Cash Jackson also taught “Lobbying 101” and reviewed tips for effective grass roots lobbying.FAWL joined other women’s organizations at an ERA press conference and rally outside the Senate chambers. FAWL President June McKinney Bartelle spoke in favor of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, as did Senate sponsor Gwen Margolis, D-Bay Harbor Island, and House co-sponsors Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee.At an evening reception, FAWL honored Senate Majority Leader Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, with its 2006 “Friend of FAWL Award,”given in recognition of his continued support of judicial independence, his efforts to ratify the ERA, and his championship for separation of powers.The next day’s activities began with a legislative breakfast co-hosted by FAWL and several other women’s organizations, including the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, Florida Commission on the Status of Women, Florida Women’s Consortium, Women’s Law Symposium of Florida State University Law School, and the Tallahassee Women Lawyers. FAWL’s lobbyist Jackson briefed attendees about pending bills in preparation for the day of lobbying activities. FAWL members then fanned out to visit legislators and their staff.Sandwiched within these activities was a FAWL board meeting at the Governor’s Club, during which FAWL adopted its legislative agenda. FAWL members also attended the Senate Committee on Children and Families, where President Bartelle testified, voicing FAWL’s support in favor of SB 1800, which provides a public record exemption for records of state employees who are victims of domestic violence. The bill passed out of the committee. FAWL ended its two-day lobbying activities, chaired by Kendra Davis, by celebrating women with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women as three women were inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.last_img