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Miami-Dade County Employee Ethics Training

To ensure that all representatives of Miami-Dade County government understand the basis of ethical standards, the Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance requiring that each employee undertake ethics training that includes a review of the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance and Florida’s Public Records Law. This training program is intended to fulfill that requirement and promote a better understanding of the importance of ethics in public service.

Elected Officials Ethics Training

On June 4, 2013, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners amended Section 2-11.1 of the County Code to require that all County and Municipal elected officials “shall, within ninety (90) days after being sworn into office, submit to the Clerk of the Board a certificate of completion of an ethics course offered by the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.”  The course is to include, at a minimum, a review of the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance; the Sunshine Law; the Public Records Law and the Citizens’ Bill of Rights. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in a complaint being filed against a non-compliant elected official for a violation of the Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics ordinance. 

We request that each affected governmental unit contact us at least thirty (30) days prior to any election to schedule the course for that unit.  Depending on circumstances, some courses may include more than one municipality.  For questions about the requirements or to schedule a course, please call 305-579-2594 or email ethics@miamidade.gov.

Read the ordinance.

 

Lobbyist Training

 It's the Law!

Sec. 2-11.1 (s)(2)(d) of the County Code, passed by the Board of County Commissioners on March 6, 2012, requires each lobbyist to submit a certificate of completion of an ethics course approved by the Ethics Commission to the Clerk of the Board within 60 days after registration.  The cost is $100, payable by check, money order or credit card.  Download and fax or mail registration form with payment.  Upcoming training sessions: 

Friday, October 17, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Refresher course

Lobbyists who have completed the initial Ethics Course...  and have continuously registered as a lobbyist thereafter shall be required to complete a refresher Ethics Course every two years.  This satisfies the lobbyist refresher course requirement imposed by both Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.
You must provide proof of completion of four-hour course with registration.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

All classes take place in the COE conference Room:
19 W. Flagler St. #820
Miami, FL  33130

Campaign Skills Training

Two hour sessions for declared candidates and for those working on a campaign.  Speakers -- including representatives from the Ethics Commission and the Elections Department -- will provide essential information on election law and procedures, fundraising and record keeping to candidates, campaign treasurers, volunteers and anyone else who wants to understand the legal and ethical obligations of seeking public office. 

Watch video of training on February 25, 2014 at Surfside City Hall
                                   

Call 305-350-0630 for information.

County Advisory Boards Training

All members of Miami-Dade County advisory boards are subject to mandatory training, including a review of the Sunshine Law, the Public Records Act and the County's Conflict of Interest/Code of Ethics Ordinance.   There is no cost, but you must register in advance.

Sessions are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month, either from 7:30 - 9 a.m. or Noon to 1:30 p.m.
in the Ethics Commission Conference room
19 West Flagler St.  Suite 820
Miami, FL  33130

Please complete and submit a registration form, which includes the 2014 schedule, noting which day and session you wish to attend.

Public offices, professional organizations, civic groups, etc...

The Ethics Commission is happy to provide ethics training and/or discuss civic engagement with any government entity, philanthropic organization, homeowner or business association.  Please call 305-579-2594 for information and scheduling.

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