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The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners is the governing body of unincorporated Miami-Dade County and has broad, regional powers to establish policies for Miami-Dade County services. The government provides major metropolitan services countywide and city-type services for residents of unincorporated areas.

Miami-Dade has a Mayor with the power to veto Commission action items. In January 2007, the Mayor was given additional powers providing for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of Miami-Dade. The Mayor can only serve two terms of four years.

Through ordinances and resolutions, the 13-member Commission sets policies and establishes laws for the community. Commissioners are chosen in non-partisan, single-district elections, and have no term limits. Miami-Dade County is structured into 13 districts. Residents choose only from among candidates running in the district in which they live. Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms, with elections scheduled every two years.

After the district elections the commissioners elect a chairperson and vice chairperson to serve for two-year terms. The Chair presides over all commission meetings and appoints the chairpersons, vice chairpersons and members of all commission committees. The vice chair serves as an ex-officio member of all committees and performs the duties of the chair in their absence.

Various types of meetings are held pusuant to the Rules of ProcedurePDF, and in accordance with the Sunshine Law (see the Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual PDF 1.9 MB).

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