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The 2003 Florida Statutes

Title XXXIII
REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS
Chapter 496
SOLICITATION OF FUNDS
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Section 496.426, Florida Statutes 2003

496.426  Registration and solicitation requirements.--

(1)  In addition to the other requirements of this chapter, a sponsor is eligible to register and solicit contributions in this state only if the sponsor is a bona fide membership organization that consists of members:

(a)  Who are individuals;

(b)  Of whom at least 10 percent or 100 members, whichever is less, are actively employed as law enforcement officers or emergency service employees by an agency of the United States, this state, a municipality, or a political subdivision of this state; and

(c)  Who personally sign written membership agreements with the organization and pay an annual membership fee of not less than $10 a member.

(2)  In addition to the other requirements of this chapter, the registration statement of a sponsor must state the total number of members of the sponsor; the total number of members who are actively employed as law enforcement officers or emergency service employees; and the percentage of total net contributions, defined as the total amount of all contributions raised in the state minus the total cost and expenses incurred in raising contributions solicited, which are disbursed in the state on behalf of its members in furtherance of its stated purposes or programs.

(3)  A group or person that is or holds itself out to be soliciting contributions by the use of any name that implies that the group or person is in any way affiliated with or organized for the benefit of emergency service employees or law enforcement officers and fails to meet the membership criteria established in this section is presumed to be in violation of s. 496.415(7).

(4)  If any provision of this section or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or application of this section or the Solicitation of Contributions Act, ss. 496.401-496.424, which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this section are declared severable.

History.--s. 18, ch. 94-287.

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