Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 092790
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File Number: 092790 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1218-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ALLOW LOCAL GOVT USE GOVT WEBSITES & EMAIL FOR PUBLIC NOTICE Introduced: 10/9/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/20/2009
Agenda Date: 10/20/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SB 376 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION ALLOWING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO USE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES AND EMAIL TO COMPLY WITH STATUTORY PUBLIC NOTICE AND LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT REQUIREMENTS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  WEB SITE ADVERTISING
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, 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 10/20/2009 11A5 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Barreiro spoke in support of the foregoing resolution. He said he was also working on local legislation to ensure all County advertising, above and beyond what was required pursuant to the State Statues, was posted on the County’s Website before print media. Commissioner Seijas inquired whether printed materials would be provided to people who do not have access to a computer. She noted that elderly residents may not know how to use the computer, and they had a right to be informed as well. Commissioner Martinez asked that he be added as a co-sponsor of this resolution. Commissioner Heyman questioned the possibility of having meetings and advertisements broadcasted on the radio for people who did not have Internet access or receive written media. In response to Commissioner Heyman’s comment, Chairman Moss pointed out that it was too expensive to acquire a radio station and that WLRN was not open to sharing their Station. Commissioner Gimenez stated this resolution was a very good idea and that the County should be able to use their television station to advertise job openings, meetings, and public notices. He noted between 85-90 percent of County residents subscribed to cable television, and the County should utilize existing resources, rather than spending more money. Commissioner Gimenez asked to be listed as a co-sponsor to this resolution. Commissioner Diaz noted that he would present legislation regarding these issues. He also asked that he be added as a co-sponsor to this resolution.

County Attorney 10/9/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SB 376 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION ALLOWING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO USE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES AND EMAIL TO COMPLY WITH STATUTORY PUBLIC NOTICE AND LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT REQUIREMENTS

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WHEREAS, many of these statutory requirements have been in place for decades, some have not been changed for 50 years or more, and a few are almost a century old; and
WHEREAS, while these statutory legal advertisement and public notice requirements have remained static, the way people receive information has changed dramatically over the last few decades; and
WHEREAS, newspaper circulation and readership has declined, while increasing numbers of people receive information via the internet and email; and
WHEREAS, while decades ago newspapers may have been the most effective means to disseminate legal advertisements and public notices, there are now more effective ways to reach the public by way of government websites and email; and
WHEREAS, the internet and email not only offer more effective ways to reach the public, but such media also are more cost effective; and

WHEREAS, publishing hundreds of legal advertisements and public notices in newspapers continues to be a substantial expense to local governments; and
WHEREAS, last year, Miami-Dade County budgeted more than $1 million for publishing legal advertisements and public notices in newspapers; and
WHEREAS, in these tight budget times when every dollar counts, the County could realize a savings while at the same time improving access to legal advertisements and public notices if state law were revised to allow the use of the County website and email for legal advertisements and public notices; and
WHEREAS, bills were filed during the 2009 legislative session, SB 2292 by Senator Ronda Storms and HB 1477 by Miami-Dade Delegation Chair Juan Zapata, that would have allowed local governments to provide public notices and legal advertisements on a government website and via email rather than publishing them in newspapers, but these bills did not pass; and
WHEREAS, a Senate bill on website public notices and legal advertisements has been filed for consideration during the 2010 session, SB 376 by Senator Charles S. “Charlie” Dean, Sr. (R – Inverness),
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to pass SB 376 or similar legislation allowing local governments to use government websites and email to comply with statutory public notice and legal advertisement requirements.
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 legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2010 State Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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