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HomeMy Public PortalAboutRES 07/08RESOLUTION NO. 007 -8 A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF GULF STREAM, FLORIDA TO SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 1363 ENTITLED "ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY," WHICH RENAMES AND AMENDS THE °CRIMINAL STREET GANG PREVENTION ACT OF 1996" AS THE "ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP PREVENTION ACT OF 2007;" URGING THE SUPPORT OF FLORIDA GOVERNOR CRIST, THE PALM BEACH COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, THE MAYOR OF EACH MUNICIPALITY IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PALM BEACH COUNTY LEAGUE OF CITIES, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS; PROVIDING THAT THIS RESOLUTION BE FORWARDED TO FLORIDA GOVERNOR CRIST, THE PALM BEACH COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, THE MAYOR OF EACH MUNICIPALITY IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PALM BEACH COUNTY LEAGUE OF CITIES, THE LEADERSHIP OF THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES AND EACH MEMBER OF THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, Florida House Representative Gonzalez and others have introduced HB 1363 entitled "Organized Crime Activity;" and WHEREAS, the bill renames the "Criminal Street Gang Prevention Act of 1996" as the "Organized Crime Group Prevention Act of 2007" and replaces the term "criminal street gang" with "organized crime group" throughout the Act and other referencing statutes; and WHEREAS, the bill authorizes the Florida Department of Law Enforcement C'FDLE ") to compile and retain additional information regarding organized crime groups for law enforcement purposes and authorizes local law enforcement agencies to compile crime group information and to notify prosecutors of an arrested individual's organized crime group membership status; and WHEREAS, the bill creates a term and condition of community supervision, that prohibits organized crime group members from communicating with any other organized crime group member through any means, except as authorized by certain entities for the purpose of aiding in the investigation of organized criminal activity; and WHEREAS, the bill makes it a third degree felony for any person to use electronic communication to further any criminal purpose, to intimidate or harass other persons, or to advertise his or her presence in the community; and WHEREAS, the bill makes it a second degree felony for any person to possess or manufacture any blank, forged, stolen, fictitious, fraudulent, counterfeit, or otherwise unlawfully issued identification document in furtherance of a criminal activity; and WHEREAS, the bill requires FDLE to administer organized crime prevention and enforcement grants; and WHEREAS, for these reasons, the Town Commission urges Florida Governor Crist, and the Florida Legislature to support HB 1363 and also urges the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation, the mayor of each municipality in Palm Beach County, the leadership for the Palm Beach County League of Cities, the leadership of the Florida League of Cities, and each member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners to support HB 1363; and WHEREAS, the Town Commission finds that this resolution should be forwarded to Florida Governor Crist, the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation, the mayor of each municipality in Palm Beach County, the leadership for the Palm Beach County League of Cities, the leadership of the Florida League of Cities, and each member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COMMISSION OF THE TOWN OF GULF STREAM, FLORIDA THAT: Section 1: The foregoing recitals are hereby ratified and confirmed. Section 2: For the reasons stated herein above, the Town Commission of the Town of Gulf Stream urges Florida Governor Crist, and the Florida Legislature to support HB 1363 and also urges the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation, the mayor of each municipality in Palm Beach County, the leadership for the Palm Beach County League of Cities, the leadership of the Florida League of Cities, and each member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners to support HB 1363. Section3: The Town Commission hereby directs that this resolution be forwarded immediately to Florida Governor Crist, and the Florida Legislature to support HB 1363 and also urges the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation, the mayor of each municipality in Palm Beach County, the leadership for the Palm Beach County League of Cities, the leadership of the Florida League of Cities, and each member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Section 4: This resolution shall become effective immediately upon its adoption. PASSED AND ADOPTED in a regular session this'L71*day of Tiu 12007. MAYOR ATTEST: TOWN CLERK