Bill aimed at ending debate over Miami-Dade Sheriff powers advances

Legislation defining Sheriff powers in Florida that would effectively end debate over the job in Miami-Dade, the only county without an elected Sheriff, is advancing through the Legislature with bipartisan support.

The Senate Community Affairs Committee voted unanimously for a bill (SB 1490) that would grant Sheriffs exclusive policing jurisdiction in a county’s unincorporated area. In cities and special districts, the Sheriff would share jurisdiction with local police agencies.

The bill and its companion in the House (HB 1373) by Miami-Dade Republican Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin are one of two sets of measures aimed at quashing resistance to changes coming to Miami-Dade

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