Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 063406
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File Number: 063406 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1458-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: URGE LEG TO RATIFY PROPOSED EQUAL RIGHTS AMEND TO CONST. Introduced: 11/29/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/19/2006
Agenda Date: 12/19/2006 Agenda Item Number: 14A18
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO RATIFY THE PROPOSED EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
Indexes:
  EQUAL RIGHTS
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 14A18 Adopted P

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

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006 2NN Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation 12/19/2006 P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Maldonado read the foregoing resolution into the record. Chairwoman Heyman and Commissioner Edmonson requested to be listed as co-sponsors of the foregoing resolution. There being no further discussion or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 11/29/2006 Assigned Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 12/13/2006

County Attorney 11/29/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 12/6/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO RATIFY THE PROPOSED EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES 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."
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, that the Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to ratify the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issue set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2007 State Legislative Package.



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