In May, Commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Audrey Edmonson filed a trans-inclusive amendment, which was co-sponsored by Commissioners Barbara Jordan and Sally Heyman. The amendment passed on first reading with an 11-1 vote. Only Miami-Dade Commission Vice Chairwoman Lynda Bell voted against.I expect this will get ugly. Bell, up for reelection, will be between a rock and a hard place. Remember, 1st reading most Commissioners just vote yes. The 11-1 vote does not tell us what kind of battle is to come. There are 4 County Commissioners we know support it: Barreiro, Edmonson, Jordan and Heyman. I would think Moss will get on board and maybe Sosa. Don't know about the rest when the Christian Family Coalition comes knocking or should I say pounding. The fireworks on July 4th will be nothing compared to the July 8th Public Hearing.
Next, the amendment must pass the commission’s Health and Social Services Committee, which is chaired by Edmonson. A vote is scheduled on July 8. If three of five committee members approve the amendment, it goes back to the full commission for a final vote, probably in the fall.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
County Commissioner Lynda Bell is the Lone Vote AGAINST Trans-Inclusive Amendment. By Geniusofdespair
This article in the Miami Herald should cause quite a stir with the Christian Family Coalition, I am surprised I didn't get a press release from them denouncing it. According to the Miami Herald: