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I need to site the specific law that states that an association must give out members contact information. I believe it is a  recent law within past 5 years. I am a member of an association that will only give out names and street addresses of members. The Board of Trustees has used additional membership contact information during election campaigns for their personal campaign benefit. I believe that all members should have the benefit of phone numbers and email addresses of members to contact them regarding membership business. Postage expense is an unnecessary burden. This is a Florida corporation. Thank you for your assistance.

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I am assuming that you are referring to a Florida Not-for-Profit Corporation. http://goo.gl/pbPdk
is the "Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act" and you would go down to 617.1601 Corporate records and 617.1602 Inspection of records by members and the following sections like 617.1603 Scope of inspection right. 617.1604 Court-ordered inspection. 617.1605 Financial reports for members. 617.1606 Access to records.

We see at 617.1602:
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(2) A member of a corporation is entitled to inspect and copy, during regular business hours at a reasonable location specified by the corporation, any of the following records of the corporation if the member meets the requirements of subsection (3) and gives the corporation written notice of his or her demand at least 10 business days before the date on which he or she wishes to inspect and copy...
(c) The record of members.
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The referred subsection (3) reads:
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3) A member may inspect and copy the records described in subsection (2) only if:
(a) The memberís demand is made in good faith and for a proper purpose;
(b) The member describes with reasonable particularity his or her purpose and the records he or she desires to inspect;
(c) The records are directly connected with the memberís purpose.
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I am an attorney and I volunteer time to answer general questions about U.S. Federal income tax issues of nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charities only. Those questions could be about establishing and maintaining legal requirements for such non-profit organizations in the United States, including Internal Revenue service filings and requirements. I will not be working on this free forum to answer questions about Nonprofit's possible unrelated or for-profit businesses or how to fill out forms. This forum is only for general questions about federal tax law, not as the law applies to your specific situation. If you do not make your question public then I will not be spending much of my donated time on answers that would not benefit the public. If you have other questions, please contact me at Harvey108@hotmail.com I will reply from my email. In any case, do not reveal confidential information to me until after I have contracted with you to provide personal legal services. My responses on this forum are intended to be general statements of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice, and do not create an attorney/client relationship. For me to consider your individual situation and how the law applies, I would need to gather extensive information about the situation. To search my previous answers you can do a Google search by "site:allexperts.com/q/nonprofit" without the quotes and then add your search terms before hitting enter.

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I have been practicing law and especially the law of nonprofit organizations since 1990 when I was admitted to the New York Bar and I have maintained my status with the Bar since that time.

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B.S. Columbia University in New York City, 1970

J.D. (Law Degree) Brooklyn Law School, 1990 -- Cum Laude.


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