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Miami-Dade commission to lawmakers: Please don't file bills that undermine county powers

Miami-Dade commissioners thanked the county's legislative delegation on Tuesday for listening to local concerns in the regular session that ended earlier this month in Tallahassee. But they also lamented that Miami-Dade lawmakers sponsored legislation that the county opposed -- in particular, a measure on pre-trial release programs and another one doing away with the county's pit-bull ban.

"Our own people were trying to kill us," Chairman Joe Martinez said. (On the pit-bull legislation, which died after the county agreed to put the issue on the ballot, Martinez added: "We will keep our word.")

Commissioner Dennis Moss said local lawmakers try to undermine county powers, and asked state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera what the county can do to work with lawmakers, instead of spending time and money fighting them. "I don't know that other delegations basically hammer their counties the way it seems our delegation does," Moss said.

Lopez-Cantera, a term-limited Miami Republican and head of the delegation, suggested commissioners keep open lines of communication with lawmakers to talk about issues. On Monday, Lopez-Cantera and other lawmakers visited Mayor Carlos Gimenez and touted how much the delegation can get accomplished when they work together.

"My suggestion, based on my experience with this board, is to have an open dialogue," he said.

Lopez-Cantera himself has filed an unsuccessful bill the past two years that would have allowed lawmakers to place Miami-Dade charter amendments on the local ballot. That power currently rests on the county commission and citizens who collect petition signatures.

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Luisthemiamian

Our local government (county commissioners) don't have an idea as to what are the concerns of the community. The decisions are based on personal interest and what will they get out of it, if it's good for the people is not good for the commission. Pretrial release is an example of the decisions our commissioners make, it's a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE PASS, it promotes crime and crime on the rise, the message is clear, get arrested for a crime, and you are out for free in less than 24 hours. This is what our county commissioners claim is good decisions. I vote for the resignation of the county commissioners, for lack of common sense and knowledge.

Luke Thomas

Once the pit bull ban is RESCINDED, the DOG FIGHTERS, Drug Cartel and thugs will breed as many as you like and fill your dog pounds with tons of pitties and those gangs sure love those pit bulls!

Luke Thomas

Florida law makers love to intrude on Counties because they are dictators. I think the law makers are a bunch of thugs themselves and I suspect getting lobbying money from the Drug Cartel since they are very PIT BULL oriented. THe drug cartel LOVES to do dog fighting! They network dope that way.

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