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Meeting Videos, Podcasts and Post-Meeting Action Packets

Meeting videos, podcasts and post-meeting action packets from last week’s redistricting public input meetings (Tallahassee, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City) are all available online via the Meeting Records button at www.floridaredistricting.org.  For your convenience, you will find links to them below.

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Florida Redistricting Public Meetings: Are you Ready for Round 2?

July 11-13, the Florida House and Senate’s public input meetings on redistricting are coming to northeast and northcentral Florida.  Meetings will be held in Jacksonville (July 11), St. Augustine (July 12), Daytona Beach (July 12), The Villages (July 13) and Gainesville (July 13).

If you or someone you know would like to attend, below is driving and parking information for each location.  Note, the street address for the St. Augustine meeting has been revised.  You can keep track of the Meeting Calendar via www.floridaredistricting.org or download the full public meeting calendar here.  Also, below you will find Google Maps links for each meeting location.

If you cannot attend the meetings in-person, if you want to watch a video replay, bookmark http://www.floridaredistricting.org/media.aspx to watch the Florida Channel’s webcasting of the redistricting public input meetings.

And also note, Florida residents not-in-attendance can submit their redistricting comments via social media.  Social media comments that are directed to any of the following will be included in the public record of the meetings.  Time permitting, the comments may also be read aloud in the meetings.

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The Importance of Public Meetings; Webcasting and Social Media Opportunities

This week, the Florida House and Senate begin the first four of more than two dozen public input meetings on redistricting.  The meetings will allow the public to begin the redistricting conversation, allowing Floridians to share their perspectives on how to draw the lines for Florida’s new state legislative and congressional districts.

The meetings are only one aspect of the public participation process, but they are an important aspect of the process.  Frequently, redistricting authorities (in this case the Florida Legislature) are asked to demonstrate how the public were given an opportunity to offer ideas and comment.

The Brennan Center for Justice, a leading redistricting reform advocate, recommends public comment opportunities before and after maps are produced.  Specifically, they recommend citizens “demand hearings or a public comment period not only before draft maps are produced, but afterward…”

In 2009, one of the principal authors of Florida’s recently adopted constitutional Amendments 5 and 6, former Florida House Speaker Jon Mills, also commented on the virtues of public comment before and after maps are produced.  Mr. Mills wrote that Florida’s new legal standards for redistricting would prevent gerrymandering and preserve minority voting rights by, amongst other things, “The public, the press and non-governmental organizations will have the opportunity to comment before and after the Legislature draws the initial maps…”

For those Floridians at the public meetings, this is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to talk face-to-face with members of the Florida House and Florida Senate about how Florida’s many diverse communities should be represented in the redrawn district maps.

For those Floridians who cannot attend the meetings, there are still many opportunities to watch the meetings and even participate via social media.

First, Florida residents can visit http://www.floridaredistricting.org/media.aspx to watch the live webcast of redistricting meetings, via the Florida Channel.  The calendar of public meetings can be found at www.floridaredistricting.org.

Second, Florida residents can submit their comments via social media.  It is recommended that social media participants clearly identify to which meeting they wish their comments to be directed.  For example, including “#Tallahassee”, “#Pensacola”, “#FortWalton”, or “#PanamaCity” are easily recognizable ways to indicate that a comment is associated with a particular meeting.

Social media comments that are directed to any of the following will be included in the public record of the meeting.  Time permitting, the comments may also be read aloud in the meeting.

But again, the public meetings are only part of the process.  The records from those meetings – videos, podcasts, transcripts and more – will be archived and available via www.floridaredistricting.org.  Along with information submitted via the House’s MyDistrictBuilderTM online district building application and other outreach efforts, the collective input of the public can start, sustain and watch over Florida’s redistricting process.

In fact, today Floridians can visit the resources available via www.floridaredistricting.org’s Blog & Resources page, Plan Explorer, and Meeting Records page to see how the redistricting conversation has already taken shape. 

For example, the Plan Explorer page already includes early redistricting plan ideas submitted by Florida residents.  The Meeting Records page already includes the library of redistricting committee meetings from the 2011 Session.  And the Blog & Resources page contains many articles like this and other resources for Florida residents who wish to gain greater insight and access into the redistricting process.

All told, the Florida redistricting conversation is about to become a dynamic two-way conversation, a massive “crowdsourcing” effort, that will shape the next decade of state and federal elected representation in Florida. 

So we hope to see you at a public meeting soon or hear from you via any of the resources mentioned above!

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Are You Ready to Participate in Florida’s Redistricting?

With some additional updates to the Public Participation Toolkit, https://mydistrictbuilder.wordpress.com/participation/, we’re nearly ready for next week’s public meetings in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City.  You can check out the full meeting calendar here.

The Press Kit for next week’s public input meetings on redistricting is also available at https://mydistrictbuilder.wordpress.com/presskit/.  Many of the materials are similar to what is in the Public Participation Toolkit, but there are also additional reference materials for members of the media who attend the meetings.

Also, we hope you enjoy the new Public Participation cheat sheet flier below – Participate in Florida Redistricting!

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Redistricting Public Service Annoucements

Below you can enjoy and share our video public service announcement for the upcoming public input meetings on redistricting.

The video is also available at the Public Participation Toolkit, https://mydistrictbuilder.wordpress.com/participation/.  There you will find several helpful resources you can use to educate others about redistricting and ways that they can get involved. 

For example, you could use a combination of the video clip below and a couple of the informational fliers from the Public Participation Toolkit as a way to present on redistricting at a community or organizational meeting.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or need additional information by emailing us at mydistrictbuilder@myfloridahouse.gov.

Happy Wednesday!

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Preparing for the Florida Redistricting Public Input Meetings

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 https://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. 

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Video Update Regarding Public Meetings

In the video update below, you will see how Floridians can learn about and participate in this summer’s public meetings on Florida’s redistricting of its state legislative and congressional district boundary lines.

Can’t make one of the meetings?  There’s still a number of ways you can watch the meetings and participate without being there in-person.  What’s more, the information from the meetings will be available via www.floridaredistricting.org.

You can visit MyDistrictBuilder’s YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/MyDistrictBuilderFL to see more video updates, watch tutorials on how to use MyDistrictBuilder, and learn about redistricting.

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Talking About Redistricting and Public Meetings…

This morning House Redistricting Chairman Will Weatherford spoke with The Morning Show’s (100.7 WFLA Tallahassee) Preston Scott and Eric Eggers about redistricting, the upcoming public meetings and MyDistrictBuilder.

You can listen to the audio replay by clicking here.

You can also check out our new public meeting informational flyer below to learn about the meetings and share with others who might want to participate in Florida’s redistricting process.

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RSVP for Summer Redistricting Meetings

Our friends in the Florida Senate created this helpful website to RSVP for this summer’s public hearings on redistricting:

RSVPing in advance of meetings is optional, but it does help us ensure that we adequately prepare for the number of Floridians who wish to present their ideas for redistricting.

Everyone is welcome at the public hearings to speak directly to the Senators and Representatives about redistricting.  Our sole purpose is listening to learn how you want the standards governing redistricting to be implemented and how you think districts in your area can work best for all voters and constituents.

Meetings will convene promptly at the scheduled start time and will adjourn upon the completion of business or the scheduled end time, whichever occurs first.  We will carefully budget time to hear as much public testimony as possible, and citizens are welcome to supplement the record with written materials.  Please let us know if you plan to attend and if you wish to speak at the meeting, so we can arrange enough seating and allot adequate time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Redistricting Public Meeting Schedule Finalized

This summer’s public meeting schedule for redistricting has been updated and finalized at www.floridaredistricting.org.  Details about the meeting times, dates, locations, special accommodations, role of social media and more can be found in the document below.

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This Blog and Resource page offers additional insight into the legislative process for Florida's redistricting, a broader array of resources, and additional opportunities to partcipate in the redistricting conversation.

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