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  • Sponsored the Shannon Melendi Act, which was adopted in 2005.  However, in 2008 he re-wrote the Shannon Melendi Act to make it much stronger and more difficult for predators to gain access to children in Miami-Dade County parks.   Originally, the Shannon Melendi Act required a State of Florida criminal background check for County employees, coaches and volunteers for youth leagues that use our County parks, as well as persons employed by fairs and carnivals that use Miami-Dade County parks.
  • Sponsored law requiring six public hearings for County to impose a new tax or increase an existing tax or fee.


  • Law declaring marijuana grow houses as unsafe structure and requiring Building Department inspection and permits to protect the neighborhood and future buyers or tenants.


  • Sponsored Legislation mandating that all new and existing commercial establishments, malls, strip malls, pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, etc. that are open to the public after sunset illuminate their parking lot with 1 candle foot intensity to protect the public from robberies and reduce the volume of auto thefts in commercial parking lots.


  • Sponsored legislation creating a new standardized "No Littering" sign form Miami Dade County, which did not have an official antilitter sign for roads and public right-of-ways.


  • Sponsored the Responsible Property Owner and Merchant Act relating to the maintenance of the exterior of shopping centers, strip malls, restaurants, gas stations, banks and other commercial properties that requires property owners and tenants to maintain the exterior of the building structures, parking lots and public rights-of-ways abutting the commercial property in a safe, sanitary and litter free manner to prevent neighborhood blight and deterioration.


  • Sponsored legislation prohibiting adult entertainment establishments near residential neighborhoods, schools and parks.


  • Earmark $250,000 to install guardrails along all canals located next to roadways in his district.


  • Drafted the first law in the United States requiring that all cash registers in Miami-Dade County have an LCD screen visible to consumers so they can see their merchandise transactions as they are being charged. Today you see these at supermarkets showing each item and the price charged to the consumer and at drive-through in fast food restaurants.


  • Changed laws to protect consumers who received expensive Water and Sewer bills caused by undetected leaks.


  • Sponsored laws prohibiting certain businesses with noise generating activities from being established in close proximity to residential neighborhoods.


  • Sponsored laws prohibiting noises that disturb the peace.


  • Created the Bikes on Buses and Bikes on Metrorail programs.


  • Created the Social & Economic Development Council, a think tank of economists and professors to address consequences of downturn in County's economy and reinvigorate its economic growth.


  • Initiated illuminated street signs program, so street signs are visible to motorists at night.

Complete list of accomplishments

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