As we are less than a week away from the start (June 20) of the 26 public input meetings on redistricting throughout Florida, we are continuing to provide additional informational and materials that may help Floridians prepare to participate.
First, the helpful materials at the Public Participation Toolkit page provide a number of ways to learn about and get involved in redistricting http://mydistrictbuilder.wordpress.com/participation/.
New to the Public Participation Toolkit, the Introductory Brochure on Florida Redistricting is featured below. The tri-fold brochure will be available at each public meeting, serving to help give attendees a starting point for the Florida redistricting conversation.
Second, it may be helpful to understand how these 26 meetings will proceed. The public input from these meetings and other forms of public participation will serve as the starting point for redistricting. Therefore, the specific purpose at these hearings is listening to public testimony.
- In the lobby or entrance-way to each meeting, amongst other things, Florida residents will be able to test-drive MyDistrictBuilder, view the current maps for the Florida House, the Florida Senate and Florida’s congressional districts, and examine other resources that may be helpful in participating both during and after the meeting.
- Each meeting will open with a very brief introduction and explanation of protocol.
- Other than that, the we will use 100 percent of the remaining time in each hearing to listen and learn directly from Florida residents.
- The public input meetings will convene promptly at the scheduled start time and will adjourn upon completion of business or the scheduled end time, whichever occurs first.
- Florida residents are welcome to supplement the record with written materials, including comments via the House’s social media for redistricting (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/MyDistrictBuilder, or twitter.com/FLRedistricting).
- The Florida Channel will live-webcast as many of the meetings as possible, and archive those webcasts at thefloridachannel.org/featured-stories/redistricting/.
- Meeting videos, podcasts, and transcripts will be available via www.floridaredistricting.org.
- Following these 26 public input meetings, there will be an adequate number of meetings of the redistricting committees for members of the House and Senate to reflect on what they learned at the public meetings.