Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 030722
   

File Number: 030722 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-399-03 Control: County Commission
File Name: URGE LEGISLATURE TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT Introduced: 3/13/2003
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/22/2003
Agenda Date: 4/22/2003 Agenda Item Number: 10A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
  Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler, Co-Sponsor
  Jimmy L. Morales, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/22/2003 10A5 Adopted P

County Attorney 3/13/2003 Assigned Governmental Operations and Environment Committee

County Attorney 3/13/2003 Assigned Robert A. Ginsburg

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

BODY
WHEREAS, in 1923, three years after women won the right to vote, the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution was introduced in Congress; and
WHEREAS, on March 22, 1972, the proposed Amendment to the United States Constitution was sent to the States for ratification; and
WHEREAS, the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution states:
"SECTION 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
SECTION 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
SECTION 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification." and
WHEREAS, Congress placed a deadline of June 30, 1982, on the ratification process and thirty-five states ratified the proposed Amendment before the deadline; and
WHEREAS, Florida was not one of the thirty-five states that ratified the Equal Rights Amendment before the deadline expired; and
WHEREAS, Congress may not have the constitutional authority to place a deadline on the ratification process; and
WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution allows the Legislature of the State of Florida to ratify this proposed Amendment to the United States Constitution, and bills have been filed in both the Florida House and Senate to ratify the proposed Amendment; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida finds that the proposed Amendment is meaningful and needed as part of the United States Constitution and that the present political, social and economic conditions are the same or are even more pressing as when the proposed Amendment was first submitted for adoption,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. That this Board does hereby urge the Florida Legislature to ratify the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Section 2. That the Clerk of the Board is hereby authorized and directed to send certified copies of this Resolution to the President of the Florida Senate, the Speaker of the Florida House, the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation, and the Governor of Florida.



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