Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 111951
Printable PDF Format Download Adobe Reader  Clerk's Official Copy   

File Number: 111951 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-751-11 Control: County Commission
File Name: URGING SCRAP METALS Introduced: 9/16/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/20/2011
Agenda Date: 9/20/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A10
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR THE ILLEGAL PURCHASE OF SCRAP METALS; OPPOSING STATE PREEMPTION OF LOCAL SCRAP METAL ORDINANCES
Indexes: URGING
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, 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 9/20/2011 11A10 Adopted 9/22/2011 P

County Mayor 9/19/2011 Additions

County Attorney 9/16/2011 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR THE ILLEGAL PURCHASE OF SCRAP METALS; OPPOSING STATE PREEMPTION OF LOCAL SCRAP METAL ORDINANCES

BODY

WHEREAS, skyrocketing prices for metals, especially copper, has resulted in a significant increase in the theft of copper, aluminum and other ferrous and nonferrous metals in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, such thefts include copper wire and other metals from light poles which lead to street light outages and endanger the health, safety and welfare of the public particularly the elderly and children; and
WHEREAS, on the evening of September 7, 2011, a woman was hit by a car and badly injured while crossing N.W. 7th Avenue at 59th Street in a 40-block stretch of N.W. 7th Avenue where street lights were not working because copper wire had been stolen from the light poles; and
WHEREAS, such thefts not only endanger the health and safety of the public, but also are economically burdensome on the people of Miami-Dade County because the County is required to expend funds to replace or repair stolen or vandalized street lights and signs owned by the County; and
WHEREAS, since 2009, the Miami-Dade County Public Works Department has spent thousands of dollars to repair or replace vandalized light poles; and

WHEREAS, thefts of copper wire and other metals also result in increased costs to businesses and homeowners; and
WHEREAS, many unoccupied residential and commercial properties in foreclosure become targets for burglars to steal or vandalize copper and other metals; and
WHEREAS, air conditioning units are particularly susceptible to being vandalized because they contain copper wire; and
WHEREAS, this criminal activity adversely affects the economic recovery in Miami-Dade County by hampering the ability of property owners, banks and mortgage holders to market and sell foreclosed residential and commercial properties; and
WHEREAS, in 2010, over 800 burglaries of residential properties were reported to the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Northside District alone; and
WHEREAS, this criminal activity also has the potential to lead to higher property insurance costs; and
WHEREAS, the theft of copper and other metals sometimes results in its unlawful sale to secondary metals recyclers and scrap metal processors also known as secondary metals recyclers; and
WHEREAS, on April 5, 2011, the Board approved Ordinance No. 11-17 which regulated secondary metals recyclers and scrap metal processors; and
WHEREAS, the Board currently is considering an ordinance that would create a task force to formulate recommendations on enforcing and amending ordinances regulating secondary metals recyclers and scrap metal processors, educating businesses and the community on the effect of such ordinances, and preventing the illegal sale of scrap metal and copper wire; and
WHEREAS, current state law, section 538.26, Florida Statutes, prohibits secondary metals recyclers from:
• Purchasing regulated metals between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.;

• Purchasing regulated metals at a location other than the recycler’s registered place of business;

• Knowingly or intentionally purchasing regulated metals property from any seller who presents such property for sale at the registered location of the secondary metals recycler when such property was not transported in a motor vehicle, unless the seller can prove ownership of the regulated metals property; and

WHEREAS, the first or second offense for violating section 538.26 is only a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000, while the third or subsequent offense is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000; and
WHEREAS, these penalties need to be increased to more effectively deter the purchase of illegal scrap metal; and
WHEREAS, bills were filed for consideration during the 2011 session that would have increased state regulation of secondary metals recyclers, SB 622 by Senator Alan Hays (R – Umatilla), SB 1528 by Senator Thad Altman (R – Melbourne), and HB 343 by Representative Larry Metz (R – Eustis), but these bills did not pass; and
WHEREAS, in addition to increasing state regulation of secondary metals recyclers, these bills also would have preempted local ordinances adopted after March 1, 2011; and
WHEREAS, this Board supports increased state regulation of secondary metals recyclers, but opposes any bill that would preempt local government’s ability to address local issues,
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 increase the penalties for the illegal purchase of scrap metals.
Section 2. Opposes state legislation that would preempt local scrap metal ordinances.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 4. Directs the County's state lobbyists to support the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, oppose any preemption of scrap metal ordinances as set forth in Section 2 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2012 state legislative package be amended to include this item.



Home  |   Agendas  |   Minutes  |   Legislative Search  |   Lobbyist Registration  |   Legislative Reports
2014 BCC Meeting Calendar  |   Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances   |   ADA Notice  |  

Home  |  Using Our Site  |  About Phone Directory  |  Privacy  |  Disclaimer

E-mail your comments, questions and suggestions to Webmaster  

Web Site © 2014 Miami-Dade County.
All rights reserved.