Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 122408
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File Number: 122408 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee
File Name: BUDGET TRAVEL Introduced: 12/5/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: NOTE TO CAO: ITEM FILED IN COMM. FOLDER'S Title: RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING COUNTY POLICY TO PROVIDE A FUNDING SOURCE FOR COMMISSIONERS TO TRAVEL AND ADVOCATE ON COUNTY ISSUES BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND TO INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL AND FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES AND LEAGUE OF CITIES AND ASSOCIATED COMMITTEES, WORKGROUPS AND ENTITIES; DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO MAKE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS WITHIN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ BUDGET TO FUND SUCH TRAVEL IN FISCAL YEAR 2012-13, OR, IF NECESSARY, TO PREPARE A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-13 COUNTY BUDGET TO CARRY OUT THIS CHANGE
Indexes: FLORIDA LEGISLATION
  TRAVEL
  U.S. CONGRESS
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

Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 1/15/2013 2M Motion dies due to lack of second
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Oren Rosenthal read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Bovo that the foregoing proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. The motion dies due to the lack of a second to Commissioner Bovo’s motion.

County Attorney 12/19/2012 Referred Internal Mgmt. & Fiscal Responsibility Committee 1/15/2013

County Attorney 12/5/2012 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 12/5/2012

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING COUNTY POLICY TO PROVIDE A FUNDING SOURCE FOR COMMISSIONERS TO TRAVEL AND ADVOCATE ON COUNTY ISSUES BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND TO INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL AND FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES AND LEAGUE OF CITIES AND ASSOCIATED COMMITTEES, WORKGROUPS AND ENTITIES; DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR DESIGNEE TO MAKE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS WITHIN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ BUDGET TO FUND SUCH TRAVEL IN FISCAL YEAR 2012-13, OR, IF NECESSARY, TO PREPARE A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-13 COUNTY BUDGET TO CARRY OUT THIS CHANGE

BODY
WHEREAS, the County in recent years has significantly reduced the amount of funds it spends on contract lobbyists at the federal and state level; and
WHEREAS, County Commissioners themselves are often the most effective lobbyists before elected members of Congress and the Florida Legislature; and
WHEREAS, currently, County Commissioners are required to spend funds from their office budgets to travel to Washington and Tallahassee, and to participate in National and Florida Association of Counties and League of Cities lobbying efforts and legislative and policy conferences; and
WHEREAS, if a source of funds were available for County Commissioners to travel to Washington and Tallahassee to advocate for the County’s issues, as well as more fully participate in Association of Counties and League of Cities meetings, County Commissioners could more actively and directly participate in lobbying efforts on behalf of the County; and
WHEREAS, a State Coordinator position in the Board of County Commissioner’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs recently became open; and
WHEREAS, it is the Board’s intention to transfer an amount equal to the salary and fringe benefits from the now open State Coordinator position from the personnel line item of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to the travel line item within the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and set aside this funding for County Commissioners to use for travel to advocate on behalf of the County in Washington and Tallahassee and to more fully participate in National and Florida Association of Counties and League of Cities lobbying efforts and legislative and policy conferences,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Establishes County policy to provide a funding source for County Commissioners and an accompanying staff member to travel and advocate on County issues before the United States Congress and the Florida Legislature and to increase participation in the National and Florida Association of Counties and League of Cities and associated committees, workgroups and other entities.
Section 2. Directs the Mayor or designee to make the necessary adjustments to expenditure code allocations within the appropriations to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs’ Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget pursuant to section 2-1796(d) so as to transfer from the personnel line item to the travel line item an amount equal to the salary and fringe benefits appropriated for the open State Coordinator position, or, if necessary, to prepare budget amendments to the Fiscal Year 2012-13 County Budget to effectuate the purposes of this resolution and bring such amendments back to the Board for approval as part of the mid-year budget amendment process.
Section 3. Directs that the funds identified in section 2 above be set aside and used on a first come first serve basis for the sole purpose of travel by County Commissioners and an accompanying staff member to advocate on behalf of the County in Washington and Tallahassee and to more fully participate in National Association of Counties, Florida Association of Counties, National League of Cities, Florida League of Cities and associated workgroups and affiliate groups, with such travel to be processed by the Office of Management and Budget.



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