Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 100560
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File Number: 100560 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-302-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGING AVERSIVE AGENT BE ADDED TO ANTIFREEZE PRODUCTS Introduced: 3/2/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/16/2010
Agenda Date: 3/16/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A3
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT LEGISLATION REQUIRING THAT AN AVERSIVE AGENT BE ADDED TO ANTIFREEZE PRODUCTS TO PREVENT POISONING FROM ACCIDENTAL INGESTION
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime 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 3/16/2010 11A3 Adopted P
REPORT: County Attorney Robert Cuevas read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Board proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 3/2/2010 Assigned Martin W. Sybblis 3/8/2010

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ENACT LEGISLATION REQUIRING THAT AN AVERSIVE AGENT BE ADDED TO ANTIFREEZE PRODUCTS TO PREVENT POISONING FROM ACCIDENTAL INGESTION

BODY
WHEREAS, antifreeze (ethylene glycol) is an extremely hazardous substance and can result in death if treatment is not provided swiftly; and
WHEREAS, antifreeze is also harmful if ingested by animals; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that between 10,000 and 90,000 animals across the United States are poisoned annually by antifreeze; and
WHEREAS, animals may be attracted to antifreeze because of its sweet smell and taste; and
WHEREAS, some humane groups have proposed that people and pets be protected from antifreeze poisoning by adding a bitter, taste aversive agent to the product; and
WHEREAS, according to the Associated Press, states such as Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and Washington have passed laws requiring taste aversive agents be added to antifreeze; and
WHEREAS, Florida should also have a similar law to protect individuals and animals from the deadly consequences of ingesting antifreeze,
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 enact legislation requiring that antifreeze or engine coolant sold in the State of Florida contain a taste aversive agent so as to render it unpalatable.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2010 state legislative package.



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