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For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2016
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Johanna Cervone

Ordinance requiring County Commissioners to report conflicts of interest passes Board on first reading

The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance proposed by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava that would require elected officials to officially report with the Clerk of the Board if a conflict of interest exists with a matter being considered at a Board meeting.
The ordinance calls for Commissioners to announce the nature of the conflict before the matter is heard, excuse him or herself from voting, and file a written disclosure of conflict with the Clerk of the Board within 15 days.
“This ordinance brings county regulations in line with state requirements to create a streamlined process for conflict of interest reporting. This is a simple step that will clarify the process and help bring greater accountability and transparency to our local government,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “Transparency is key to restoring trust in the political process and strengthening the relationship between residents and their government.”
“Currently, the Commission on Ethics advises Commissioners to follow both the county and state rules for local elected officials around conflicts of interest. This legislation is beneficial because it brings together the requirements from the both the state and the county. It simplifies the reporting process,” explained Joseph Centorino, Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics.
The ordinance will go for a discussion and vote to the Strategic Planning and Government Operations Committee on April 12th.