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Legislative Highlights

2014

  • September – sponsored an ordinance establishing an acceleration program, empowering the director of the Miami Dade and Sewer Department broad authority to competitively award construction and refurbishment contracts in an effort to expedite the completion of work required by the federal consent decree concerning the integrity of our wastewater system.
  • September – sponsored a resolution amending board’s rules of procedure to permit the administration to place legislative items pertaining to indebtedness directly on the full board’s agenda without committee review.  This change was requested by the administration in order to effectuate bond transactions in an expeditious manner so as to take advantage of favorable market conditions.
  • July - motion instructing that the Mayor, as a matter of policy, meet with all appropriate stakeholders, specifically including Florida International University and the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition to find a new appropriate physical location for the Youth Fair and Expo.
  • July – sponsored a resolution creating the Miami-Dade County Marketing Partnership Program which is designed to evaluate all county property for suitability as a marketing platform.  It is estimated that the annual revenue generated by this program could exceed one million dollars annually.
  • July – sponsored a resolution directing the county mayor to commence negotiations with representatives of Cuban Exile History Museum, Inc. for the construction and operation of a museum situated on county owned property commonly referred to as Parcel “B.”  That parcel is located directly east of the American Airlines Arena.  The negotiation must be completed within 180 days or, if the negotiation remains ongoing, the mayor must provide the board with a written status update.
  • July – sponsored a resolution restricting the board from submitting to the voters a non-binding straw ballot question which polls the community regarding a tax increase for services without support from at least 2/3 of the commissioners then in office. 
  • July – sponsored a resolution calling for a countywide special election in Miami-Dade County Florida to be held alongside the General Election on Tuesday November 4, 2014 to submit several amendments to Article 7 of the County Charter which would, among other things, permit library uses in public parks.  The purpose of the proposal is to allow the County to merge smaller “storefront” libraries with existing recreational structures that may be un or underutilized by the parks department, in an effort to minimize or monthly rent obligations.
  • June – sponsored a resolution approving the lease agreement between Miami-Dade County and the City of Hialeah regarding a joint affordable housing development plan.  $5,592,000 was granted to the city of Hialeah for the development of affordable housing units on a site situated adjacent to the Okeechobee Metrorail station. 
  • June – sponsored an ordinance amending the County’s cone of silence regulations to exempt from public access negotiation strategy sessions and vendor negation sessions to the extent permitted by Florida law.  These amendments were authorized by the legislature when the sunshine statutes were amended in 2010.
  • June – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to study and ultimately implement a pilot program designed to provide loan assistance to low and moderate income persons and families for the payment of rental housing security deposits.  
  • April – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to study the feasibility of creating an online self-service parking payment system for collecting parking fees at various county-owned parks.
  • April – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to research alternative firefighting staff models and to present his findings to the Board within 60 days.
  • February – sponsored a resolution authorizing veterans not dishonorably discharged to utilize the Patriot Pass program.   

2013

  • November – sponsored a resolution creating county policy of requiring particular disclosure language on any general obligation bond question.
  • October – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to negotiate with the various labor unions to limit the amount of sick leave that may be accrued by county employees to a maximum of 600 hours.  Additionally, and the administration was directed to reduce the number of annual leave hours that may be accrued by newly hired employees from 500 hours to 300 hours
  • September – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to create a pilot program to raise money for the library system by exploring possible commercial uses within our larger regional libraries and present to the Board a report within 30 days of adoption
  • September – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to work with the Miami-Dade Public Schools to create a feasibility study to give library access and media center services to the community.
  • September – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to negotiate  a reduction in the number of county employees who are released from their assigned duties, on a full time basis, to engage in union related business in future collective bargaining agreements.
  • September – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to study the feasibility of converting archives previously stored on microfilms into a digital format and storing future data in a digital format.
  • September – sponsored a resolution directing the mayor to provide better security for absentee ballot requests made through the internet.
  • July – sponsored an ordinance amending county code to eliminate the requirement that commercial motor vehicles be required to display their address on the side of their vehicle (excluding traditional trades such as construction, plumbing, electrical etc.)
  • July – sponsored an ordinance amending the code to provide for additional preference points in the competitive procurement process to firms that are identified as “locally headquartered” local businesses.

2012

  • December – co-sponsored providing additional homestead exemption for certain low-income qualifying senior citizens who are long-term residents.
  • December – co-sponsored an ordinance approving prayers before County Commission and committee meetings.
  • September – prime sponsor in providing pre-paid return envelopes for absentee ballots.
  • August – co-sponsored a resolution directing one-stop information and processing center for opening a new business in Miami-Dade County.
  • August – prime sponsor in placing a non-binding ballot question on the general election ballot to ask the electors of Miami-Dade County whether they support prohibiting further use of taxpayer's dollars to obtain services and projects from companies doing business with state sponsors of terrorism.
  • August – co-sponsored to have signs in women's restrooms in all Miami-Dade County facilities providing contact information for agencies that provide assistance to women who are battered, raped or victims of human trafficking.
  • June – co-sponsored a resolution creating a task force to review pending incorporation proposals and to make recommendation on how the county should proceed to address the remainder of the unincorporated communities.
  • June – co-sponsored requesting that more county government information be posted and accessible to the public.
  • April – co-sponsored to draft and implement a plan to train airport and seaport personnel to identify and respond to children in transit who are being sexually exploited.

2011

  • December – co-sponsored a resolution requiring licensed day care centers in MDC to install alarms to prompt drivers of vehicles transporting children to check for children upon vehicle shut off.
  • October – sponsored a sympathy resolution to Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White).
  • October – co-sponsored supporting HJR 169 or similar legislation that would propose a constitutional amendment to provide counties and cities a local option to grant an additional Homestead Exemption to low income senior citizens.
  • October – co-sponsored adding penalties for violating limits on picking up and/or returning absentee ballots.
  • September – co-sponsored urging the Florida legislature to pass legislation strengthening Florida law related to human trafficking and sex trafficking.
  • July – co-sponsored requiring the registration of pain clinics operating in incorporated and unincorporated MDC.
  • July – co-sponsored legislation to review all County laws, rules and processes for procuring goods, services, and leases and provides recommendations for obtaining more favorable pricing and/or lower procurement costs.
  • July – co-sponsored requiring the registration of pain clinics operating in incorporated and unincorporated MDC.
  • June – co-sponsored legislation that submits any proposed agreement for the compensation of an executive employee that exceeds existing employee compensation policies to the BCC for consideration.
  • April – co-sponsored requiring six public meetings be conducted at acceptable locations and times in the county whenever the proposed budget or proposed budget ordinances provide for new or increased taxes or fees.
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