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For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2017
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Manuel Orbis, Jr

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Commissioner Sosa supports the “Mayra Capote Act”


On February 22, 2017, County Commissioners adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa urging the state legislature to enact the “Mayra Capote Act.” The legislation would require certain school districts to mandate written parental consent for students wishing to leave school grounds during their lunch period.

The bill carries the name of Mayra Capote, a Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School student who, in 1999, lost her life in a traffic accident that claimed the lives of two other students. The fatal accident, which became the impetus for the previously mentioned bill, took place while the teens were off-campus during their lunch period. The “Mayra Capote Act” was introduced in the Senate by Senator Rene Garcia (R – Miami) as SB 148 and in the House by Emily Slosberg (D – Palm Beach) as HB 85.

During the meeting, Commissioner Sosa took time to address the teen’s mother who bears the same name, and recognize her dedication for passage of the bill. “Thank you for what you do; you’re saving other children’s lives in memory of your daughter,” said Commissioner Sosa.

Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2017/170291.pdf