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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.

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Update on the Extraordinary Apportionment Session

The Florida Senate released its first look at proposed revisions to the state senate map on Saturday.  You can check out the proposed changes (plan 9016) at http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Redistricting/Plan/s000s9016.  Get a quick view of the map with the Senate’s District Explorer at http://maps.flsenate.gov/de1/map.html?plan=s000s9016.

If you want to download the KMZ file for viewing in MyDistrictBuilder, click here.

As the Extraordinary Apportionment Session moves forward this week, the Senate will post subsequent amendments to the map at http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Redistricting/Plans.  So make sure to check back from time to time.

The Extraordinary Apportionment Session, pertaining to the state senate map, must conclude by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday,  March 28, 2012.

For reports on downloads regarding plan 9016, from the Florida Senate, click below:

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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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State House, Congressional and State Senate Maps Approved for the House Floor

Friday, the House Redistricting Committee approved House, Senate and Congressional maps to serve as Florida’s political boundaries for the next decade.  Click here to view the post meeting press gaggle with Redistricting Committee Chair Will Weatherford.

The three maps must still receive approval from the entire membership of the Florida House of Representatives.  The Florida Senate would also have to concur on the State House and Congressional maps.  The State Senate map is identical to the map approved by the Florida Senate.

The maps that passed the Committee are:

When the full membership of the House convenes this Thursday and Friday, February 2-3, on the House Floor, the maps above will be considered for questions, amendments and debate. 

Last week, the House approved special procedures for the Redistricting Committee and the House Floor for redistricting amendments to ensure that members of the House and the public have an opportunity to view any amendments before they are voted upon.  Click here to view those special amendment procedures.

To learn more about the Florida House’s redistricting process thus far, check out the resources below:

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Redistricting Options Narrowed for Congressional and State House Maps

In yesterday’s House Redistricting Committee workshop, committee members agreed to focus on the following specific options for the Congressional and State House maps:

Visit here for more details about each.

Rather than wait till their January 27 Committee meeting to narrow the options, Committee members discussed how narrowing down the options yesterday would give the public and members of the House a clear picture of what will be voted on and what to draft amendments to.

Following the meeting, Committee Chairman Will Weatherford issued a statement: “Today, the Members of the House Redistricting Committee agreed to focus on a single state House map and a single Congressional map. As chairman of the committee, I appreciate the many suggestions from the public, which are helping to ensure our options for maps further reflect the wishes of cities and communities across the state.”

During the meeting, Committee members heard presentations on additional public input that has been received since the House first released its options on December 6, 2011.  That public input includes written testimony, which is viewable by clicking here, and several recent maps submitted by the public, which are available at http://mydistrictbuilderplanexplorer.wordpress.com/.

Committee members and the audience also viewed the video presentation below by the House’s Office of Public Information regarding how citizen testimony has been used to craft the House’s options for redistricting.

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House Redistricting Committee Timeline for Weeks 2-3 of Session

The House Redistricting Committee’s timeline for Weeks 2-3 of the 2012 Legislative Session is explained below in an email the Committee’s Chairman Will Weatherford sent to the Members of the Committee this morning.

From: Weatherford, Will
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2012 8:42 AM
Subject: House Redistricting Committee Timeline for Weeks 2-3 of Session

Dear Members of the Committee,

As you know, on Monday the House’s redistricting subcommittees approved seven proposed committee bills regarding state legislative and congressional redistricting.  The bills are numbered as follows:

It is important that each of you and the public have another opportunity to review the maps and offer additional thoughts prior to the Committee’s selection and approval of a State House map, a State Senate map, and a congressional map.

For planning purposes, our Committee’s expected timeline for Weeks 2-3 of Session is as follows:

  • Friday, January 20, 2012 – (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – the Redistricting Committee will conduct a workshop of the seven redistricting bills listed above.  The Committee will not be taking any votes during this meeting. 
  • The workshop will be segmented into two parts. The first half of the meeting will be devoted to a review of public input received since the House’s options for congressional and state legislative maps were first published on December 6, 2011.  Our staff are soliciting further public input specific to the proposals above.  Additionally, we will be allowing public comment on the proposed maps at the meeting. The second part of the meeting will be devoted to staff presentations of the proposed maps.
  • Friday, January 27, 2012 – (9.am. to 1 p.m.) – the Redistricting Committee will meet to take up and vote on one State House map, one congressional map, the State Senate map, and any timely filed amendments that pertain to those maps.

Note that pursuant to House Rule 7.12(b), the House Rules & Calendar Committee plans to meet and recommend a special procedures for redistricting amendment deadlines to be considered by the House prior to the Redistricting Committee meeting on January 27.  It is expected that the deadlines will be similar to those used for redistricting subcommittees during the recent Interim Committee meetings.

The maps and additional information regarding the bills listed above can be viewed at at http://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Redistricting/Redistricting2012.aspx.

If you have any questions or need for additional information, please feel free to contact me or our Committee’s staff.

Sincerely,

Will Weatherford

www.floridaredistricting.org

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Proposed Redistricting Maps to be Considered on January 9

The Florida House’s Redistricting subcommittees officially noticed meetings for Monday, January 9, 2012 – at which time they will consider proposed committee bills (PCBs) for the State House, State Senate and Congressional maps.

If you have not already, you can check out the proposed maps and related information via the Redistricting Bills button at www.floridaredistricting.org (or directly at  http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Redistricting/Redistricting2012.aspx).

The maps are identical to those that were released on December 6 and workshopped in the subcommittees on December 8, 2011.

The Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee and Senate Redistricting Subcommittee will both meet from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The House Redistricting Subcommittee will meet from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Want to watch the meetings live – make sure to visit The Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org/ on January 9.  Want to catch up on redistricting committee meetings you may have missed – visit The Florida Channel’s redistricting committee meeting archive at http://thefloridachannel.org/featured-stories/redistricting/.

Happy New Year!

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This Week’s Redistricting Meetings and November 1 Deadline

Redistricting Subcommittee Meetings – November 1 and November 3

The Florida House’s redistricting subcommittees will meet this week to finish their review of options and best practices put forward by the public.  Additionally, the members of the subcommittees will conduct an overview of the statistical tools available to the Legislature for their review of legislatively produced maps. 

If you would like to get a better understanding of those statistical tools, below are links to sample statistical reports for each of the existing maps – Congressional, State House and State Senate – and a helpful guide to the terminology in those sample reports:

The schedule for this week is as follows:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

  • Senate Redistricting Subcommittee
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • 404 House Office Building

Thursday, November 3, 2011

  • House Redistricting Subcommittee
  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • 404 House Office Building

Thursday, November 3, 2011

  • Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee
  • 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • 17 House Office Building

To watch these meetings live online, visit the Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org/, or visit http://thefloridachannel.org/featured-stories/redistricting/ to watch the replay later.

The Legislature Needs Your Redistricting Maps Today! (November 1)

In September, House Redistricting Committee Chairman Will Weatherford asked that members of the public submit their proposed redistricting maps by today, November 1.   As of this morning, 134 publicly produced maps have been posted online, available via the Public Submissions button at www.floridaredistricting.org, for the Legislature to consider. 

Specifically, the public has provided the Legislature with 39 complete and 25 partial Congressional maps, 14 complete and 21 partial State House maps, and 20 complete and 15 partial State Senate maps, in addition to the hundreds of written suggestions and many hours of testimony and public meetings. 

If you are working on a redistricting map, please consider providing it to the Florida House of Representatives or Florida Senate as soon as possible, in order that the map be given a thorough review.

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Stay Informed About Florida Redistricting

Need a recap of the next steps and how to get involved in Florida’s redistricting?  The House Office of Public Information‘s latest Informer, Volume 1 Issue 14, has what you need. 

Enjoy and Happy Weekend!

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Getting Informed: What’s Next for Florida’s Redistricting?

The Florida House of Representatives’ Office of Public Information just released their latest “Informer” with lots of information to guide you from the end of the Summer 2011 public input meetings into the Fall 2011 Interim Committee meetings.

If you only just started following the Florida redistricting process, the Informer can catch you up to what’s been going on.  If you’ve been thinking about nothing but redistricting for the last nine months, the Informer will give you insight and resources regarding the next steps in the process.

Enjoy!

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