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File Number: 100281
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File Number: 100281 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-190-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGING TO CREATE PROGRAM TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS FROM HAITI Introduced: 2/2/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/18/2010
Agenda Date: 2/18/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS TO PASS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION TO ASSIST HAITI IN REBUILDING BY CREATING A PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES LONG-TERM COMMITMENTS TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS FROM HAITI
Indexes: HAITI
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, 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 2/18/2010 11A5 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Seijas noted she had Valentine’s Day T-shirts made for her elderly constituents and later discovered these T-shirts were made in Haiti. She encouraged the purchase of T-shirts made in Haiti.

County Attorney 2/2/2010 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 2/10/2010

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS TO PASS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION TO ASSIST HAITI IN REBUILDING BY CREATING A PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES LONG-TERM COMMITMENTS TO PURCHASE PRODUCTS FROM HAITI

BODY
WHEREAS, on January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit the Republic of Haiti approximately 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince; and
WHEREAS, more than three million people -- a third of Haitiís population -- have been affected by the earthquake, including hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries; and
WHEREAS, the earthquake is the latest in a series of events that have impacted Haiti in recent years, including four deadly storms that struck Haiti in 2008; and
WHEREAS, even before the earthquake, Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere even though it is located only six hundred miles from the U.S., a distance that is approximately the same as that from Miami to Atlanta, Georgia; and
WHEREAS, even before the earthquake, Haitiís per capita gross domestic product was 40 percent (40%) lower than that of Nicaragua, which is the hemisphere's next poorest country; and
WHEREAS, in the wake of the earthquake, Haiti is now in desperate need of economic development assistance from the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, Congress can help to stimulate economic development in Haiti through a program that establishes long-term commitments to purchase products from Haiti that could be produced in large job-intensive factories; and
WHEREAS, such a program would provide the incentives, stability and certainty needed to encourage businesses to establish locations in Haiti, as there would be a ready market for Haitian made products; and
WHEREAS, such a program will create jobs for Haitian citizens that can lead to a stable economy in Haiti,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the U.S. Congress to pass economic development legislation to assist Haiti in rebuilding by creating a program that includes long-term commitments to purchase products from Haiti that can be produced in large job-intensive factories which will attract businesses to locate in Haiti and stimulate economic growth.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Miami-Dade Congressional Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2010 Federal Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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