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Miami Dade College Land Conveyance Act Signed into Law by President Barack Obama

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Sen. Bill Nelson helped champion
President Obama signs H.R. 838

Miami, August 12, 2009 - President Barack Obama has signed into law today a bill providing for the conveyance of a parcel of land held by the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons, the "Miami Dade College (MDC) Land Conveyance Act, H.R.838." It was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in March and its Senate companion bill, S. 814, introduced by Senator Bill Nelson, met with approval in the United States Senate in July.

First introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, an MDC alumna, and supported by the entire South Florida delegation, this bill allows for the transfer to the College of a 47,500 square foot parcel of land located in downtown Miami, adjacent to its Wolfson Campus.   

In coming up with this agreement and subsequent legislation, College leaders recognized the importance in working with the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons for the mutual benefit of both organizations.

The federal agency’s interest in providing safe parking for its employees is included as part of the College’s future plans for this site.

The College’s need to expand and increase the opportunities for learning was equally supported by the Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons.

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president said, “I am grateful for the support of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senator Bill Nelson and our entire South Florida Congressional delegation. In collaboration with the Bureau of Prisons, we are taking steps to increase opportunities for Miami Dade College students. In the future, we will be able to expand with additional classrooms and space in order to advance our critical mission.” 

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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