Advisory Committees for UF/IFAS Extension
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Lay-leader involvement is essential and assured by using advisory and program planning committees to identify the needs and interests of clientele and to determine University of Florida IFAS Extension program direction. County Extension Advisory Committees give advise and advocate for Extension programs to increase Extension's effectiveness.
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Advisory Committees and the Florida Sunshine Law
We have had some questions from clientele requesting that our Advisory committees operate under the Florida Sunshine Law.
From the Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual (http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/KGRG-8RAQUF/$file/2012-SunshineManual.pdf):
“Advisory boards and committees created by public agencies may be subject to the Sunshine Law, even though their recommendations are not binding upon the entities that create them. The “dispositive question” is whether the committee has been delegated “decision-making authority,” as opposed to mere “information-gathering or fact-finding authority.” Where the committee has been delegated decision-making authority, the committee’s meetings must be open to public scrutiny, regardless of the review procedures eventually used by the traditional governmental body.”
Your advisory committees
are not a “decision-making” authority. You listen to their
advice, but you make decisions on your own.
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