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Job Title

Attorney - Ways and Means Committee

General Summary

This tax attorney position serves as a technical and legal expert to the Ways and Means Committee, legislators, and the public on state and local government taxation and other financial matters under the jurisdiction of the committee.  Under supervision of the staff director and committee members the legislative attorney applies his or her expertise when researching and preparing staff analyses, reports, legislation, and amendments; responding to inquiries; and developing correspondence.
 
The attorney must be able to assimilate and analyze a variety of legislative and legal concepts, proposals and actual legislation quickly and accurately, and must be able to clearly, succinctly, and objectively transfer such knowledge to members and staff when necessary.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Provides legal counsel and advice to legislators and staff.
  • Performs legal research concerning the interpretation of Florida Statutes and on other matters in question for members and staff.
  • Analyzes and objectively summarizes proposed legislation to determine its effectiveness and the impact of its passage on the state and other entities and individuals.
  • Researches and drafts legislation and amendments to legislation at the direction of committee chairman, committee members, and other legislators.
  • Assists in planning committee meetings to include agenda, speakers, presentations, and materials.
  • Monitors and coordinates the progress of committee legislation through committees of reference and on the floor.
  • Monitors the implementation of legislation in the Executive and Judicial Branches to ascertain that legislative intent is met.
  • Briefs legislators verbally or in writing on issues to be discussed in committee, on the floor, or with constituents.
  • Conceives, plans, and conducts research projects and performs legislatively mandated studies.
  • Prepares oral and written reports on research and committee work such as end of session committee reports, interim projects, and oversight reports which may include recommendations for legislative action.
  • Provides information and problem-solving assistance to legislators, their constituents, and the public.
  • Prepares letters, summaries, talk-sheets or speeches, reports, and informational memoranda on committee issues at the request of the committee chairman, other legislators or staff director.
  • Keeps abreast of new and ongoing issues affecting assigned area of responsibility by following relevant court cases, collecting resource materials, attending workshops and conferences, reading industry publications, communicating with lobbyists and agency personnel, etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of legal terminology;
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure;
  • Knowledge of the subject matter under the jurisdiction of the committee, such as state and local government taxes and fees;
  • Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization;
  • Ability to interpret state and federal tax, revenue and finance legislation, laws, and rules;
  • Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction;
  • Ability to take initiative on independent research projects;
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public, press, and lobbyists;
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Ability to use independent judgment when releasing information to the public;
  • Ability to collect and analyze data;
  • Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations;
  • Ability to research legal documents and legal references.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Admission to The Florida Bar
  • Experience in state and/or local government tax policy development, administration, enforcement, or litigation.

Salary

Commensurate with experience
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and resume to:
 
Florida House of Representatives
Office of House Administration
Lawanda Williams
1201 Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL  32399-1300

 

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.