Control: Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
File Name: BILLS FOR 2006 REGULAR SESSION
Agenda Date: 10/12/2005
Agenda Item Number:
BILLS FOR 2006 REGULAR SESSION
Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte.
Assistant County Attorney Monica Maldonado read the title of the foregoing discussion item into the record.
Chairwoman Heyman stated the intent of this item was what? and asked that members review the list provided by Mr. Rasco, Legislative Affairs Director for discussion.
Discussion ensued among Committee members and staff regarding critical issues pertaining to the Bills for the 2006 regular session.
Commissioner Moss asked that in the future, the County Manager prepare a schedule and action plan to identify legislative priorities earlier.
Commissioner Gimenez asked that any legislative priorities requiring legislation sponsored by a commissioner be prepared in the form of an appropriate ordinance or resolution and presented for the County Commission’s approval in advance. He also asked that the OIA Director meet with the County Commission Chairperson and the IRCAC Chairperson to discuss the structure of the legislative package and the reporting mechanism and to present this information to the Commission in advance.
Commissioner Seijas asked Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (OIA) Director to provide the Committee with information regarding the Requests for Qualifications (RFQ)/Lobbyist Contract including the timeframes for bid opening and closing, for appointing the selection committee, and the review process. She asked that this information be provided in comparison to the timeframes provided for submitting legislative priorities.
Chairwoman Heyman asked that the report requested by Commissioner Seijas include the Requests for Proposals (RFP) process and a proposal to staff the OIA at an optimal level.
Chairwoman Heyman asked Deputy County Manager Pete Hernandez to work with the County’s lobbyists in Tallahassee to identify legislators in the Florida House to sponsor Bills (in title only) for each of the following priorities: 1) Senior Homestead Exemption Freeze; 2) Medicaid transport disadvantage; 3) Fire Rescue Fee; 4) 311; 5) County Hospital reimbursement; 6) CTNA Construction Plan; 7) Low-income housing, percentages categories; 8) domestic violence funding for programs; and 9) Acquisition of State-owned property located within the Town of Miami Lakes for a fire station.
Chairwoman Heyman also asked that these priorities be submitted for review at the October 18th County Commission meeting and that staff meet with Chairman Martinez and each commissioner to include other priorities they deem necessary.
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