Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112241
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File Number: 112241 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-933-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: INSTALL CHILD SAFETY ALARMS Introduced: 10/21/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/3/2011
Agenda Date: 11/3/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A3
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SB 274, HB 419 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION REQUIRING DAYCARE VEHICLES USED TO TRANSPORT CHILDREN TO INSTALL CHILD SAFETY ALARMS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, 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 11/3/2011 11A3 Adopted P

County Attorney 10/21/2011 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS SB 274, HB 419 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION REQUIRING DAYCARE VEHICLES USED TO TRANSPORT CHILDREN TO INSTALL CHILD SAFETY ALARMS

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WHEREAS, in August 2010, 2˝ year old Haile Brockington died after being left in her car seat for nearly six hours in the back of a van of a Palm Beach County daycare facility as the outside temperature reached 91 degrees; and
WHEREAS, two weeks after Haile’s death, another child was left unattended in a locked van belonging to a daycare center in Brevard County; and
WHEREAS, on July 12, 2011, 22-month-old Dominicue Andrews died at a daycare in Miami-Dade County after staying much of the day in a car seat in a daycare van as outside temperatures reached into the 90s; and
WHEREAS, in each case, it has been alleged that daycare van drivers forgot the child after other children were taken inside; and
WHEREAS, death by hyperthermia or overheating of the body has become much more prevalent since federal law required that children ride in the backseat due to the danger of front passenger seat airbags; and
WHEREAS, between 1998 and 2010, there have been approximately 495 child hyperthermia deaths in the U.S., with 49 deaths during the year 2010; and
WHEREAS, approximately 60 children have died in Florida in the last decade from being left in a vehicle and more than 150 have been injured; and
WHEREAS, criminal charges were filed in 58 percent of Florida cases; and
WHEREAS, states such as Wisconsin and Tennessee have enacted legislation requiring any daycare vehicle carrying six (6) or more passengers to be equipped with a child safety monitoring device designed to prompt the driver to inspect the vehicle for children before leaving; and
WHEREAS, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners has enacted an ordinance requiring child safety monitoring equipment in daycare vans, and this Board currently has such an ordinance under consideration; and
WHEREAS, bills were filed for consideration during the 2011 session, SB 1140 by Senator Maria Lorts Sachs (D – Delray Beach) and HB 1131 by Representative Lori Berman (D – Delray Beach), which by January 1, 2012, would have required any daycare vehicle to be equipped with an alarm system that prompts the driver to inspect the vehicle for children before exiting; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Senate last session estimated the cost of installing such child safety monitoring equipment would be approximately $452 per vehicle; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature did not pass SB 1140 or HB 1131 during the 2011 session, but Senator Sachs and Representative Berman have refiled these bills for consideration during the 2012 session as SB 274 and HB 419; and
WHEREAS, this Board would support passage of SB 274, HB 419 or similar legislation,
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 274, HB 419 or similar legislation requiring any vehicle used by a daycare facility to be equipped with an alarm system that prompts the driver to inspect the vehicle for children before exiting the vehicle.
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, Senator Maria Lorts Sachs and Representative Lori Berman.
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 amend in the 2012 state legislative package to include this item.



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