Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 101886
   

File Number: 101886 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-187-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: COUNTY'S 2010 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA Introduced: 7/23/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/18/2010
Agenda Date: 2/18/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A1
Notes: THIS IS THE FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED. Title: RESOLUTION AMENDING THE COUNTY’S 2010 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 100239]
Indexes: FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE
  LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, 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

County Attorney 7/23/2010 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 7/23/2010

Board of County Commissioners 2/18/2010 11A1 Amended Adopted as amended P
REPORT: County Attorney Robert Cuevas read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Edmonson requested the proposed 2010 Federal Legislative Package be amended to include the following items: 1. To support the passage of Senate Bill 2961: Haiti Recovery Act, introduced by Senator Christopher Dodd, or similar legislation seeking to promote the cancellation of all remaining debt obligations and that new financial assistance to Haiti should be primarily in the form of grants rather than loans; 2. To urge the U.S. Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of State to use all appropriate diplomatic influence to secure cancellation of all remaining bilateral debt of Haiti; and 3. To urge Congress to support any direct funding or emergency supplemental aid to provide to all necessary agencies assisting state and local governments, including community based organizations, with aid in the form of grants for all services provided to Haitian immigrants as the result of the January 12, 2010, Haiti earthquake. In response to Commissioner Heyman’s request, Mr. Joe Rasco, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, advised the County Commission that Chairman Moss had requested language for agricultural opportunities be included in the 2010 Federal Legislative Package. He read the following language requested by Chairman Moss into the record: “to provide assistance to the local agricultural industry through coordinated efforts with the Miami-Dade County Agricultural Manager, industry organizations, the Florida Department of Agriculture, and the State of Florida in requesting federal funding for available disaster programs needed following the January 2010 cold event. Commissioner Seijas asked that the issues relating to Jackson Memorial Hospital be removed from the 2010 Federal Legislative Package. Commissioner Souto asked that preference be given in the procurement process to obtain products produced in Haiti. Commissioner Heyman expressed her desire to have the 2010 Federal Legislative Package expedited and that County lobbyists be asked to prioritize their efforts. Hearing no other questions or comments, the County Commission proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as amended.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE COUNTY’S 2010 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

BODY
WHEREAS, on January 21, 2010, the Board accepted item 1I1, which was the 2010 Proposed Federal Legislative Agenda for Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, at the January 21, 2010 meeting, there was discussion about refining and reorganizing the 2010 Proposed Federal Legislative Agenda and bringing it back before the Board for approval after collaboration with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and our federal contract lobbying team; and
WHEREAS, there have also been recent events in which the Board has taken a great interest, such as the earthquake in Haiti, that should be included in the County’s 2010 Federal Legislative Agenda; and
WHEREAS, a revised 2010 Proposed Federal Legislative Agenda is attached and incorporated by reference herein, with revisions identified by way of underline and strike-through,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board amends the County’s 2010 Federal Legislative Agenda as set forth in the attached revised 2010 Federal Legislative Agenda. The revised 2010 Federal Legislative Agenda includes advocacy for the following additional critical priorities:
1. Increased federal support for extraordinary medical and social services in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti;

2. Passage of a federal jobs creation program;

3. Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform;

4. Passage of the highway reauthorization bill with increases in direct and formula funding for programs including the Rail Modernization Program; and

5. Increased federal funding and staffing for domestic security, including funding and staffing at Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami.



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