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File Number: 161986
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File Number: 161986 File Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
Version: 0 Reference: 16-123 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CIVIL PENALTIES FOR UNLAWFUL ACTS ON TRANSIT SYSTEM Introduced: 9/6/2016
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/1/2016
Agenda Date: 11/1/2016 Agenda Item Number: 7D
Notes: SUB TO 161813 Title: ORDINANCE RELATING TO TRANSIT; AMENDING SECTION 30B-3 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR CIVIL CITATION UNDER CHAPTER 8CC OF THE CODE AS AN ADDITIONAL MEANS TO ENFORCE CERTAIN VIOLATIONS; AMENDING SECTION 8CC-10; PROVIDING CIVIL PENALTIES; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 161813]
Indexes: TRANSIT
  CIVIL PENALTIES
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, 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 11/1/2016 7D Adopted P
REPORT: County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the title of the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Board proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed ordinance, as presented.

Transit and Mobility Services Committee 10/13/2016 1G4 Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Michael Valdes read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. Chairman Bovo opened the public hearing and called for persons wishing to appear before the Committee in connection with this proposed ordinance. Hearing no questions or comments, Chairman Bovo closed the public hearing, and the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed ordinance, as presented.

Board of County Commissioners 9/7/2016 4B SUBSTITUTE Adopted on first reading 10/13/2016 P
REPORT: County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. The foregoing proposed ordinance was adopted on first reading and scheduled for a public hearing before the Transit & Mobility Services Committee on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Hearing no questions or comments, the Board proceeded to vote on the forgoing proposed ordinance, as presented.

County Attorney 9/6/2016 Referred Transit and Mobility Services Committee 10/13/2016

Office of the Chairperson 9/6/2016 Additions

County Attorney 9/6/2016 Assigned Annery Pulgar Alfonso

Legislative Text


TITLE
ORDINANCE RELATING TO TRANSIT; AMENDING SECTION 30B-3 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR CIVIL CITATION UNDER CHAPTER 8CC OF THE CODE AS AN ADDITIONAL MEANS TO ENFORCE CERTAIN VIOLATIONS; AMENDING SECTION 8CC-10; PROVIDING CIVIL PENALTIES; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 161813]

BODY
WHEREAS, this Board is given broad authority to enact ordinances under Miami-Dade County’s home rule powers and prescribe penalties for violation of such ordinances; and
WHEREAS, it was the intent of this Board by enacting chapter 30B of the Code of Miami-Dade County to accomplish the following purposes for Miami-Dade Transit, the Metrorail, Metromover, and Metrobus systems:
1. Enable the safe, secure and efficient operation of public mass transit;
2. Establish rules and regulations governing transit security and operations; and
3. Preserve the safety, security and rights of the general public using the transit system; and
WHEREAS, section 30B-4 of the Code provides a list of activities that are prohibited on the transit system in order to enable the safe, secure and efficient operation of the transit system; and

WHEREAS, currently, a law enforcement officer has discretion to issue a fine not to exceed $500.00 or to effectuate an arrest, or both, for an enumerated violation of section 30B-4; and
WHEREAS, this ordinance provides an additional means under chapter 8CC of the Code to enforce violations of section 30B-4 of Code; and
WHEREAS, the Board has an interest in enacting monetary civil penalties for certain violations of section 30B-4, as such civil penalties will act as an additional deterrent to such violations and would provide law enforcement with additional options when encountering such violations,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. Section 30B-3 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, is hereby amended to read as follows:1
Sec. 30B-3. - Applicability and penalties.

(1) Applicability. This chapter applies to all who utilize the transit system.

(2) Penalties.

[[(a) Any person violating subsections (2), [[(5), (6), (7), (9), (10),]] (11) and (22) of Section 30B-4 of the Code of Metropolitan Dade County shall, upon being warned by a Police Officer of Metropolitan Dade County, cease the prohibited activity. If the person continues the prohibited activity after such warning, the police officer may direct the individual to leave the train or to leave the premises of the station. Any individual who does not leave as directed, shall be charged with trespassing and subject to a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment not to exceed sixty (60) days in the County Jail, or both. In lieu of any fine or penalty, the court may order any person convicted of violating any provision of this chapter to participate in transit public service for a minimum of ten (10) hours. Such service may include graffiti removal, cleaning of transit vehicles, and maintenance of transit right-of-way.]]

>>(a) Any person violating subsections (2), (5), (6), (7), (9), (10), (11), and (22) of section 30B-4 of the Code of Miami-Dade County shall, upon being warned by a Miami-Dade Police Officer, cease the prohibited activity. If the person continues the prohibited activity after such warning, the police officer may direct the individual to leave the train or to leave the premises of the station.

1. Any individual who does not leave as directed, may be charged with trespassing and subject to a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment not to exceed sixty (60) days in the County Jail, or both. In lieu of any fine or penalty, the court may order any person convicted of violating any provision of this chapter to participate in transit public service for a minimum of ten (10) hours. Such service may include graffiti removal, cleaning of transit vehicles, and maintenance of transit right-of-way.

2. At the discretion of the Miami-Dade Police Officer, in lieu of the provisions of subsection 1 above, the individual who does not leave as directed, shall be subject to the enforcement provisions of chapter 8CC of the Code.<<

(b) For violations of subsections [[(1), (3),]] (4), (8), (12), [[(13),]] (14), [[(15), (16),]] (17), (18), (19), (20), >>and<< (21), [[and (23)]] of [[S]]>>s<
>>(c) Any person violating subsections (1), (3), (13), (15), (16), and (23) of section 30B-4 of the Code shall be:

1. Punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment not to exceed sixty (60) days in the County Jail, or both. In lieu of any fine or penalty, the court may order any person convicted of violating any provision of this chapter to participate in transit public service for a minimum of ten (10) hours. Such service may include graffiti removal, cleaning of transit vehicles, and maintenance of transit right-of-way; or

2. At the discretion of the Miami-Dade Police Officer, subject to the enforcement provisions of chapter 8CC of the Code.<<

[[(c)]] >>(d)<< The County may institute a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction to recover compensatory damages, including reasonable costs and expenses, for any damage caused to the transit system.

[[(d)]] >>(e)<< For violations [[other than those specified in subsection (a) above]]>>of section 30B-4 of the Code other than of subsections (2), (5), (6), (7), (9), (10), (11) and (22)<<, the County may institute a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction to impose and recover a civil penalty for each violation in an amount of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) per offense.

[[(e)]] >>(f)<< The judicial remedies in this section shall be independent and cumulative for the violations to which they are applicable hereunder.

Section 2. Section 8CC-10 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, is hereby amended to read as follows:
Sec. 8CC-10. Schedule of civil penalties.
* * *
Code Section
Description of Violation
Civil Penalty

* * *
All other Chapter 30, Non-Article III, violations

50.00
>>30B-4(1)<<
>>Impeding or hindering operators of mass transit vehicles<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(2)<<
>>Trespassing<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(3)<<
>>Preservation of property<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(5)<<
>>Smoking or spitting<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(6)<<
>>Drinking or eating<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(7)<<
>>Sanitation<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(9)<<
>>Radio playing<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(10)<<
>>Insulting or obscene language<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(11)<<
>>Animals<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(13)<<
>>Forgery and counterfeit<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(15)<<
>>Refusal to pay fare<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(16)<<
>>Transfers<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(22)<<
>>Bicycles<<
>>100.00<<
>>30B-4(23)<<
>>Mopeds or motorized vehicles<<
>>100.00<<
31-68
Solicitation of passenger patronage on behalf of business establishment
500.00


* * *

Section 3. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected by such invalidity.
Section 4. It is the intention of the Board of County Commissioners, and it is hereby ordained that the provisions of this ordinance, including any sunset provision, shall become and be made a part of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or relettered to accomplish such intention, and the word “ordinance” may be changed to “section,” “article,” or other appropriate word.
Section 5. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.

1 Words stricken through and/or [[double bracketed]] shall be deleted. Words underscored and/or >>double arrowed<< constitute the amendment proposed. Remaining provisions are now in effect and remain unchanged.



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