Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously rejected county lobbyist Ron Book’s request for a waiver to represent pet stores that had pushed state lawmakers to block local regulations of puppy sales.
The 12 to 0 vote represented a rare rejection for Book before the commission, which has consistently waived term-limit and residency requirements to allow the powerful lobbyist to remain the volunteer head of the county’s homeless board. Book represents dozens of local governments in Tallahassee, including Miami-Dade, as well as private-sector clients.
Near the end of the 2018 legislative session, he requested a waiver for him and two lobbyists to represent a group tied to the Petland pet-store chain while also being paid by Miami-Dade County. The waiver came as Petland sought state legislation that would have blocked local governments like Miami-Dade from regulating puppy sales, pursuing the kind of preemption of county lawmaking that Miami-Dade commissioners routinely fume about when discussing Tallahassee.