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Our Last Blog Post

As the legislative components to Florida’s redistricting process have concluded, we will no longer be posting to our blog sites.  You can visit us at www.floridaredistricting.org or email us at mydistrictbuilder@myfloridahouse.gov for additional information.  Thank you to everyone who made these last couple years a great conversation, a sharing of ideas, and an open redistricting process.

See you in 2021, give or take!

P.S. – You can also follow the Florida House of Representatives on many other issues via email updates, visit http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/OPI/OPI.aspx, via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MyFLHouse, and via Twitter at https://twitter.com/myFLHouse.

Filed under: On the Web, Public Participation, Timeline

Florida Senate Set to Finalize Maps

Florida Senate Set to Finalize State House, Congressional and State Senate Maps

Today, the Florida Senate is scheduled for an approximately 3:30 p.m. Session in which they are expected to concur with the state legislative and congressional redistricting maps, as approved by the Florida House on Friday, February 3.  The three maps are as follows:

State House Map: SJR 1176 (plan H000H9049)

Congressional Map: SB 1174 (plan H000C9047)

State Senate Map: SJR 1176 (plan S0009008)

To learn more about how the process evolved to this point, check out the following resources:

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Florida House’s Options for Redistricting Maps Online

The House Redistricting Committee just released seven (7) options for Florida’s Congressional map and five (5) options for Florida’s State House map.  To view the options, visit the Redistricting Bills link at www.floridaredistricting.org (or directly via http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Redistricting/Redistricting2012.aspx).

Additionally, you will find a guide to those options available under Legislative Headlines at www.floridaredistricting.org.  The guide is identical to the meeting packet for today’s 2 PM meeting of the House Redistricting Committee.  To watch the meeting live, where Redistricting Committee Chair Will Weatherford will give an overview of the maps, visit the Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org/, or visit http://thefloridachannel.org/featured-stories/redistricting/ to watch the replay later.

All of the options released today are also accessible via our blog site at http://mydistrictbuilderplanexplorer.wordpress.com/.

The options released today, along with the two State Senate maps posted at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Redistricting/Redistricting2012.aspx, will be the substance of Thursday’s workshops in the House, Senate and Congressional Redistricting subcommittees.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or need for additional information.

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Florida House’s Options for Maps to Be Released Next Week

The House Redistricting Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 6.  Members will receive several options of House, Senate and Congressional maps and an overview of each option provided by Chairman Will Weatherford. 

On Thursday, December 8, the House, Senate, and Congressional Subcommittees will meet to workshop the various map options made available on Tuesday.

The House and Congressional Subcommittees will review maps prepared by staff of the House Redistricting Committee.  The Senate Subcommittee will begin the workshopping process by reviewing the State Senate map proposed by the Florida Senate as well as a State Senate map that was submitted by the Florida State Conference of the NAACP. 

Copies of the maps will be posted online Tuesday (approximately noon) at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Redistricting/Redistricting2012.aspx, and made available to the public and members of the media during the meetings on both Tuesday and Thursday.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

  • House Redistricting Committee, 2-3 pm, 404 House Office Building

Thursday, December 8, 2011

  • Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee, 12-2 pm, 404 House Office Building
  • Senate Redistricting Subcommittee, 12-2 pm, Morris Hall (17 House Office Building)
  • House Redistricting Subcommittee, 2:30-6 pm, 404 House Office Building

To watch live, visit the Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org/.  To watch video replays, visit the Florida Channel’s redistricting archive page at http://thefloridachannel.org/featured-stories/redistricting/.

 

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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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Updates to www.floridaredistricting.org coming soon!

Over the next week or so we will be implementing some changes to www.floridaredistricting.org.  With the launch of our Blog & Resources page, www.floridaredistricting.org is taking on a more simplified role as a front page for an entire universe of information about Florida redistricting.

So what purposes will www.floridaredistricting.org serve in the near future?

  • As we’re about to begin public input meetings on redistricting throughout Florida, www.floridaredistricting.org will provide updates and access to scheduling information.
  • The site will remain the best access point to MyDistrictBuilder.
  • The site will provide public outreach, participation and educational materials.
  • The site will provide introductions to the legal and legislative sides of redistricting.
  • The site will offer insight into MyDistrictBuilder, including user help and support.

Beyond the content at www.floridaredistricting.org, the site will continue to serve as a gateway to an expanding universe of information, including social media, this blog and resources, legislative archives, and eventually access to the plans and suggestions submitted by Floridians.

For example, as a visitor to our Plan Explorer page, you will be able to search and review redistricting plans and ideas submitted by other Floridians – blog, share, and use as a foundation for your own input.  You will be able to take the redistricting plans and load them into MyDistrictBuilder, so that you can edit them, and resubmit them with your own twist on someone else’s idea.

Crowdsourcing – Florida redistricting style!

In the meantime, many of our resource links have moved here – to the Blog & Resources page.  The resources on the right side of the page are geared towards what you might want for drawing or analyzing redistricting plans.  The resources in the middle are focused on news and big picture items – why, what, how, etc.

As our pages evolve, if you lose track of a favorite link or a resource, just email us at mydistrictbuilder@myfloridahouse.gov.  And as always, feel free to let us know if you have any other questions or comments.

Happy Almost Friday!

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Redistricting Committee Updates

The Redistricting Committee met today to drill down further into Florida’s redistricting process.  The Committee first heard remarks regarding:

  • The jurisdiction of the Committee and the subcommittees, and the responsibilities of Committee members;
  • Opportunities for public input and participation in the redistricting process; and
  • House rules and procedures for redistricting.

Additionally, the Committee heard testimony from the House’s special counsel for reapportionment, regarding Florida’s state constitutional provisions on redistricting.  Specifically, counsel helped the Committee members examine the recently approved Amendments 5 and 6 (Article III, Sections 21 and 20 of the Florida Constitution).

The Committee also got a tour of the beta version of the MyDistrictBuilder application.  Throughout the week, each of the redistricting subcommittees will also hear the same presentations in their respective meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video Update: www.floridaredistricting.org’s Page 2 and Page 3

Take a tour of the changes to www.floridaredistricting.org, including its Page 2 and Page 3.

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FloridaRedistricting.Org: From Home Page to Front Page

With committee meetings underway, and public submissions of redistricting plans and public meetings throughout the State about to begin in the next couple months – www.floridaredistricting.org, the home page of our outreach, is going from home page to front page over the next few weeks.

The main portal to MyDistrictBuilder, current events, meeting information and public participation resources will still be www.floridaredistricting.org

But this operation is about to become very information heavy, from public meeting records to redistricting plan submissions to lots of data and resources.  Therefore, our WordPress pages will capture the full extent of that content. Read the rest of this entry »

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