Commissioner Jordan keeps Independent Community Panel proposal alive
MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan on Feb. 21 invoked a rarely used procedure to save the Independent Review Panel from a mayoral veto.
The Commission earlier this month approved legislation to create an Independent Community Panel to review resident complaints against County employees. On Feb. 16, Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a veto of the ordinance, recommending several changes to the legislation before he could support it.
At the Feb. 21 meeting, Commissioner Jordan successfully moved to reconsider her legislation, which averted a likely unsuccessful veto override vote, allowing the legislation to return to the Commission for further deliberation. Commissioner Jordan made a motion to defer the item until the April 10 Commission meeting. After a lengthy debate, her motion was approved. This move will allow Commissioner Jordan to continue working on the item, contemplate the Mayor’s recommendations, and bring back amendments for the Commission’s consideration.