Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 063394
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File Number: 063394 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1455-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: URGING LEGISLATURE TO REMOVE BAN ON FELONS VOTING RIGHTS Introduced: 11/28/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/19/2006
Agenda Date: 12/19/2006 Agenda Item Number: 14A15
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR-ELECT PROMPTLY UPON TAKING OFFICE TO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER AUTOMATICALLY RESTORING CIVIL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO VOTE, TO CONVICTED FELONS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SENTENCES; AND FURTHER URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PLACE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE STATEWIDE BALLOT REMOVING THE BAN ON FELONS VOTING WHO HAVE NOT HAD THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS RESTORED
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  VOTING
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, 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 12/19/2006 14A15 Adopted P

County Manager 12/18/2006 Additions 12/19/2006

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006 2JJ Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Maldonado read the foregoing resolution into the record. Commissioner Moss and Edmonson requested to be listed as a co-sponsors of the foregoing resolution. There being no further discussion or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 11/28/2006 Assigned Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006

County Attorney 11/28/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE GOVERNOR-ELECT PROMPTLY UPON TAKING OFFICE TO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER AUTOMATICALLY RESTORING CIVIL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO VOTE, TO CONVICTED FELONS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SENTENCES; AND FURTHER URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PLACE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE STATEWIDE BALLOT REMOVING THE BAN ON FELONS VOTING WHO HAVE NOT HAD THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS RESTORED

BODY

WHEREAS, the Florida Constitution currently bans citizens with a felony conviction who have not had their civil rights restored from voting; and
WHEREAS, Florida is one of only three states in the U.S. that bans citizens with a felony conviction from being able to vote after they have completed their sentences; and
WHEREAS, this ban is a 170 year old law that dates back to the Jim Crow era; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 700,000 Floridians with a felony conviction cannot vote despite have completed their sentences; and
WHEREAS, joint resolutions and bills have been filed over the last several years in the Florida Legislature through the leadership of Senator Frederica Wilson of the Miami-Dade Delegation and others that would automatically restore the right to vote to citizens with a felony conviction who have completed their sentences, but these joint resolutions and bills have not passed; and,
WHEREAS, the Governor-Elect indicated during the fall campaign that he would issue an executive order automatically restoring the civil rights, including the right to vote, to citizens with a felony conviction who have completed their sentences; and,
WHEREAS, this Board believes that citizens who have been convicted of felonies and who have completed their sentences should be permitted to participate in civic activities, including the right to choose their elected representatives,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Governor-Elect promptly upon taking office to issue an executive order automatically restoring civil rights, including the right to vote, to citizens with a felony conviction who have completed their sentences.
Section 2. Urges the Florida Legislature to place a constitutional amendment on the next statewide ballot removing the voting ban on citizens with a felony conviction who have completed their sentences and who are otherwise eligible to vote under the laws of the State of Florida.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of this Board to send a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, the Governor-Elect, Senate President, House Speaker, and Chair and members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 4. This Board directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation and action set forth in sections 1 and 2 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2007 State Legislative Package.



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