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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