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Speaker Cannon’s Statement Regarding Preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6

May 31, 2011 – Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon stated:

“The preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6 was a necessary step before the legislature could implement them as part of the upcoming redistricting process. More importantly, the preclearance of Amendments 5 and 6 is validation that Florida‟s new constitutional standards for redistricting promote and protect the ability of racial and language minority communities to equally participate in the electoral process and elect candidates of their choice.”

You can view and download the entire release below.

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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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Special Amendment Deadlines and Procedures Approved

***Update from a previous story…***

The Florida House of Representatives approved special amendment deadlines and procedures for amendments to redistricting plans in committees.  The amendment deadlines and procedures were approved by unanimous voice vote on the Floor of the House. 

For more information about the special amendment deadlines and procedures, see below, or visit the previous story at: https://mydistrictbuilder.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/proposed-special-amendment-deadlines-and-procedures/

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Proposed Special Amendment Deadlines and Procedures

Friday, April 15 – The Florida House of Representatives’ Rules & Calendar Committee approved proposed special amendment deadlines and procedures for amendments to redistricting plans in committees.  The amendment deadlines and procedures were approved by unanimous voice vote of the Members of the Rules & Calendar Committee.  The proposal must now be approved by the full House on April 20.

The committee-level deadlines and procedures for redistricting amendments (see below) will require amendments to redistricting plans to be submitted by noon, three business days prior to consideration.  Substitute Amendments must be filed by noon, two business days prior to consideration. 

The ability to enact special amendment deadlines and procedures is necessary for highly technical issues like appropriations and redistricting, giving Members and staff time to prepare all the necessary information for consideration of the amendments, giving Members dedicated time to submit substitute amendments, and affording both the Members and the Public adequate time to review and react. Read the rest of this entry »

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