LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY:
A primary mission of the FLTA is advocating board approved positions in the administrative and legislative forums of Florida. As a highly-regulated industry, it is critical that we maintain open lines of communication and access to the Office of Insurance Regulation, the Department of Financial Services and the state legislature. The FLTA has continuously worked to promote open and honest communication between regulator and the regulated. The Association maintains a registered lobbyist and an effective political action committee (TIFPAC) to assist it in promoting effective governmental relations and coordinating with the lobbyists representing the various underwriters.
Recognizing that the needs and interests of title agents occasionally differ from those of the title insurers, the Agent Section of FLTA maintains its own professional lobby team in Tallahassee funded through voluntary donations. On most issues, the Agent Section is fully in accord with the direction being taken by the respective underwriters, but it can take its own position where appropriate to furthering the unique interests of our agent members.
The FLTA has the only professional designation program for Land Title Professionals in Florida. The Certified Land Title Institute (CLT) operates as an independent entity within the FLTA whose purpose is to conduct a yearly examination in title searching and closing proficiency. The CLT conducts study seminars for those qualified to sit for the exam and oversees testing and grading of the candidates. Successful candidates are awarded the CLS or CLC designation for expertise in land title searching and land title closing, respectively.
In addition to the professional designations, the FLTA hosts a number of continuing education seminars throughout the year to assist our members in meeting their continuing education requirements and to maintain their high professional standards.
NEWS & INFORMATION:
One of the most important functions the FLTA fulfills is keeping its members informed. The written publications are the newsletter, "The Tallahassee Report" containing topical industry news, technical information, legislative matters, claims information, professional achievements, employment opportunities and the like. The "FLTA Basic Title Insurance Handbook" is an excellent desk reference for a broad range of title topics including forms, examples, the Administrative Rules governing title insurance, the Uniform Title Standards, and a long list of general title information topics.
Our most recent endeavor is the FLTA Home Page. It is our intention to continue to expand and enhance this electronic medium and keep FLTA in the forefront of providing timely and accurate information to our constituents.