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2012-002-275 - Candidate Campaign Contributions 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: February 22, 2012 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading x X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No x Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No x Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) X Sponsor Name Dr. Danny O. Crew, City Manager Department: Office of the City Manager Short Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING SECTION 2-478 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES (“CANDIDATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS”) TO AMEND THE DEFINITION OF VENDORS; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE Staff Summary: Currently, Section 2‐478 of the City’s Code of Ordinances prohibits campaign contributions by City vendors. Under this section a “vendor” is defined as follows:  Someone who transacts business with the City, or has been approved by the City Council to transact business with the City, or is listed on the City’s approved vendor list; ITEM I-1) ORDINANCE SECOND READING/PUBLIC HEARING Amending "Candidate Campaign Contributions" Ordinance 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Because the City Vendor list was created for a different purpose, it is not appropriate to use for the purposes of campaign donation prohibition. A “Vendor list” as commonly used, includes scores of business and individuals that including the following: Most of the firms and individuals on the list are not current vendors. 1. Current Active vendors with outstanding contracts, or Purchase Orders. 2. Perspective vendors who do not now, nor ever have, done business with the City but want to be considered in the future. 3. Vendors who have done business with the City in the past but have no currently active contracts on monetary dealing with the city 4. Businesses and/or Residents who were issued refunds from the City for various reasons 5. Governmental Entities and non‐profit organizations who received payments from the city for various reasons In order to add clarity to the process of determining who can and cannot give political donations to City candidates, the City Manager is recommending that Section 2‐478 of the Code be amended to clarify that “vendors” be defined to include only those persons who are currently transacting business with the City. Proposed Action: That the City Council adopts the proposed ordinance amending Section 4‐478 of the City of Miami Gardens Code of Ordinances. Attachment: None