Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 140166
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File Number: 140166 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-149-14 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: OPPOSING CHANGES EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY Introduced: 1/23/2014
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/4/2014
Agenda Date: 2/4/2014 Agenda Item Number: 11A20
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION OPPOSING A PROPOSED COMMITTEE BILL BY THE HOUSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM SUBCOMMITTEE, PCB EDTS 14-02 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION, THAT WOULD REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT EACH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY MAINTAIN A REGISTRY OF PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTION AND REQUIRE A STATEWIDE REGISTRY
Indexes: OPPOSING
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, 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 2/4/2014 11A20 Adopted P

County Attorney 1/23/2014 Assigned Matthew Papkin 1/24/2014

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION OPPOSING A PROPOSED COMMITTEE BILL BY THE HOUSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM SUBCOMMITTEE, PCB EDTS 14-02 OR SIMILAR LEGISLATION, THAT WOULD REMOVE THE REQUIREMENT THAT EACH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY MAINTAIN A REGISTRY OF PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTION AND REQUIRE A STATEWIDE REGISTRY

BODY
WHEREAS, each of the 67 counties in Florida currently are required to maintain a Special Needs Registry in order meet the special needs of persons who, because of physical, mental, cognitive impairment, or sensory disabilities, would require assistance during evacuations and sheltering; and
WHEREAS, since 1980, counties have been required to maintain Special Needs Registries under state law; and
WHEREAS, a Proposed Committee Bill by the House Economic Development and Tourism Subcommittee, PCB EDTS 14-02, would require that the Florida Division of Emergency Management maintain a registry of persons with special needs located in Florida and remove the requirement that each local emergency management agency maintain such registry; and
WHEREAS, the counties and their local partners, not the Florida Department of Emergency Management, are directly responsible for the transportation of persons with special needs and the operation of shelters in emergency situations; and
WHEREAS, over 2,000 Miami-Dade County residents are registered on Miami-Dade County’s Special Needs Registry; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County’s registry system links special transportation providers and area hospitals that deliver critical resources during emergency situations; and
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management has the ability to access its Special Needs Registry even in the event that a disaster causes power loss throughout the County; and
WHEREAS, a single statewide one-size-fits-all Special Needs Registry may be less effective at serving the unique characteristics and capabilities of individual counties,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Opposes a Proposed Committee Bill by the House Economic Development and Tourism Subcommittee, PCB EDTS 14-02 or similar legislation, that would remove the requirement that each local emergency management agency maintain a registry of persons with special needs within their jurisdiction and require a statewide registry.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation, and the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate against the passage of the legislation as set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2014 State Legislative Package.



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