District 1 Newsletter
July 2014

 

I wish you a Happy and Safe Fourth of July.

My name is Martin David Kiar and I am honored to serve as your Broward County Commissioner for District 1. If we can ever provide assistance to you, then please call me at 954-357-7001 or email me anytime at mkiar@broward.org

Sincerely,

Martin David Kiar

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Protections for Unpaid Interns

Federal and State anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws do not provide protections for unpaid interns and volunteers who are sexually harassed. As a result, I brought this matter to the County Commission and the County Commission directed that a countywide ordinance be drafted to provide protections to unpaid interns, volunteers and other uncompensated workers in the workplace. The proposed ordinance is very important to our community because all people, whether they are paid employees or unpaid interns, should be provided with a safe working environment and should have protections and legal recourse if they are sexually harassed or discriminated against. Below is a link to the agenda item that was considered.

Meeting Agenda

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Saving our Animals’ Lives

Each year, thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized in Broward County. The County Commission is working to make Broward County a no-kill county. The County Commission is considering three new pet-related laws aimed at curtailing puppy mill operations, increasing pet registration and getting more pets sterilized. The first law takes aim at puppy mills and requires commercial and hobby breeders to purchase a $100 permit from the county that would need to be renewed annually. The second law would attempt to increase the money the county brings in from pet rabies registration tags by requiring veterinarians to sell county tags. The third proposed law would grant more authority to county animal care officials to devise spay-and-neuter programs without asking the County Commission for permission. Below is a link to a Sun-Sentinel article on the matter:

Sun Sentinel

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Protections for Hard Working Employees

Unfortunately, too many hardworking people are paid too little. An employee making minimum wage earns $7.93 an hour which equates to approximately $16,000 a year. That amount is inadequate for most folks to feed their families and make ends meet. The County Commission currently has in effect a Living Wage Ordinance that requires certain employers doing business with Broward County to pay their employees a living wage. The County’s living wage is $11.46 per hour when an employer offers a benefit package and is $12.95 per hour when an employer does not offer a benefit package. The County Commission is taking steps to expand the Living Wage Ordinance and will consider an amendment to the Living Wage Ordinance that would require certain contractors and subcontractors currently not covered by the Living Wage Ordinance, to pay a living wage to their employees when conducting business with Broward County at the Airport. If ultimately passed, this change will apply to contracts entered into, or amended, after the effective date of the proposed Ordinance. It should be noted that the Living Wage Ordinance only applies to businesses that enter into contracts with Broward County. The Living Wage Ordinance does not apply to a private business not contracted to do work with the county. Attached is a link to the agenda item that was considered.

Meeting Agenda 

Also, all employees should be treated with respect and dignity. The news article below is about action that the County Commission took that helps ensure the fair treatment of the men and women working hard at the airport.

New Times Article

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is upon us! It is more important than ever to get yourself, your family and your home ready for any upcoming wind or rain “event.” Basic hurricane preparation is essential for all South Floridians. Get ready for storm season with this free hurricane preparation program offered at the Broward County West Regional Library:

July 29 - Hurricane Preparedness Presentation by Broward County Emergency Management Division, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324, 954-765-1560

If you are unable to attend the above presentation please use Broward.org/Hurricane as a great resource in assisting you in your preparation for this storm season.


The Broward County Commission meets generally on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. (Commission Meeting Schedule and Agenda are listed here.)

Residents can view live coverage of the Commission meetings on Comcast Cable channels 12 and 77; Advanced Communications channels 64 and 25; AT&T U-verse channel 99, and through the County's website at Broward.org/video. The County Commission meetings are rebroadcast at 5:30 p.m. each Friday following a Tuesday Commission meeting.

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