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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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Final House Redistricting Workshop Tomorrow

Since December 6, 2011, Members and staff of the House Redistricting Committee have been hard at work collecting public input on the House’s proposed redistricting map options.  Tomorrow, the Redistricting Committee will meet to workshop these options one last time before a vote will be taken next Friday, January 27, 2012.  Additional details regarding tomorrow’s meeting are below:

  • What: House Redistricting Committee Meeting
  • Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Location: 404 House Office Building, Tallahassee, FL
  • View Live: House Broadcasts

During the workshop, Members will discuss the three proposed state House maps, three proposed congressional maps and one proposed state Senate map with the purpose of thoroughly reviewing the maps and all public comment associated with them.  If you have not yet expressed your opinion on the House’s proposed maps, we are still eager to hear from you. You may view the proposed maps by visiting the Florida House of Representatives Redistricting Bill page.  After reviewing the House’s proposals, we encourage you to offer public comment via any of the methods below:

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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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Redistricting Workshops Today!

Don’t forget that the Florida House’s three redistricting subcommittees (House, Senate and Congressional) will be workshopping options for Florida’s redistricting maps today.  To watch the meeting live visit the Florida Channel at http://thefloridachannel.org/, or visit http://thefloridachannel.org/featured-stories/redistricting/ to watch the replay later.

The Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee and Senate Redistricting Subcommittee will both go from 12pm-2pm.  The House Subcommittee is scheduled to start at 2:30pm.

On Tuesday, the Florida House’s Redistricting Committee released seven options for Florida’s Congressional map and five options for Florida’s State House map.  If you want to study the options for Florida’s House, Senate and Congressional maps visit the Redistricting Bills link at www.floridaredistricting.org.

And if you’ve got a comment or suggestion about the maps, feel free to comment at our Public Input blog, post to our Facebook, send us a tweet, or send us an email to mydistrictbuilder@myfloridahouse.gov.

Happy Thursday!

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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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Recapping the October 3rd Redistricting Subcommittees

Monday, October 3, the Florida House’s redistricting subcommittees concluded their review of public input from this summer’s 26 community meetings.  Additionally, the subcommittees paid special focus to complete maps received from Florida residents (through map 0068), regarding proposed boundary lines for Florida’s new state legislative and congressional districts. 

Check out the “Summary Stats and Comparisons, by Map, for Completed Public Maps 0001-0068” at www.floridaredistricting.org to see how the public submissions stack up against each other.

The members of each redistricting subcommittee – Congressional, House and Senate – then set their course on how to mesh public input and legal considerations into at least three complete options for their respective maps.  Each subcommittee narrowed their focus as follows…

Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee:

  • Options for urban communities and the subsequent impacts on rural communities;
  • Options for high growth communities;
  • Options for minority communities; and
  • Options for starting the maps in Central Florida.

House Redistricting Subcommittee:

  • Options for major population centers;
  • Tradeoffs between whole counties versus cross-jurisdictional communities; and
  • Options for racial and language minority communities.

Senate Redistricting Subcommittee:

  • Comparisons of the potential big picture themes for each region; and
  • Options for minority communities.

The House’s redistricting subcommittees will next meet October 17.  For the videos, podcasts and more from this week’s and prior meetings, visit the “Meeting Records” button at www.floridaredistricting.org.

Looking for a Little Light Reading?

The public input summaries from the September 19 and October 3 meetings can be found under “Legislative Headlines” at www.floridaredistricting.org, and they are linked below for your convenience:

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October 3 Redistricting Subcommittee Meetings

Monday, October 3, 2011 – The Florida House’s redistricting subcommittees (House, Senate and Congress) will continue their inspection and discussion of public input received regarding Florida’s new state legislative and congressional district maps.

Monday’s meetings will feature presentations regarding public input from Southwest Florida, and then presentations regarding those complete or near complete maps submitted by Florida residents.  Public input from Southwest Florida includes input given at the public hearings in Tampa, Largo, Sarasota, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Clewiston.  Additionally, written testimony and maps provided by Southwest Florida residents will also be reviewed.

For a preview of the October 3 presentations, see the new report entitled “Public Input Summary for Southwest Florida” at www.floridaredistricting.org under “Legislative Headlines.”  Similar regional reports, which cover the other regions of the State, were presented during the September 19 redistricting subcommittee meetings and can be also be found at www.floridaredistricting.org.

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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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