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Next Week’s Redistricting Committee Meetings

Next week’s authorized meetings times for the Redistricting Committee and subcommittees will be as follows:

  • Monday, May 2 – Redistricting Committee – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – 17 House Office Building
  • Tuesday, May 3 – House Redistricting Subcommittee – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – 17 House Office Building
  • Wednesday, May 4 – Senate Redistricting Subcommittee – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – 17 House Office Building
  • Thursday, May 5 – Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – 17 House Office Building

The meetings will consist of a tutorial of the House’s MyDistrictBuilder online redistricting application. 

This week, committee members were given a visual tour of the site in their respective committee meetings.  Staff responded to questions and even implemented a couple suggested changes to MyDistrictBuilder, per the request of committee members.

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New MyDistrictBuilder Video Tutorials

MyDistrictBuilder’s video tutorial library has been revised to reflect recent updates to the application.  The whole library is included here at FloridaRedistricting.Org’s Page 2 in the links to the right under “MyDistrictBuilder Video Tutorials.” 

You can also visit the “How to Use MyDistrictBuilder” playlist at http://www.youtube.com/MyDistrictBuilderFL, or click on the individual video links 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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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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What’s on the Agenda for April 20-21?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 – The agenda for the joint meeting of the Florida House’s Redistricting Committee and Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee will serve two introductory purposes for the newly appointed members of the committees.

The presentations should help provide the committee members with a foundation for the many redistricting decisions to come.  Moreover, the presentations will help set the stage for committee meetings in weeks 8 and 9 of the 2011 Legislative Session, in which the committees drill down further into Florida law, the ways in which the public can participate, and how to use MyDistrictBuilder.

First, former Florida House member (1989-1994) Miguel De Grandy, now serving as counsel to the House on reapportionment and redistricting matters, will provide the Members with a redistricting legal 101.

Second, Amy Baker, staff director for the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research (EDR), will give the committee members a view of Florida’s new demographic portrait, based on the results of the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey.

Thursday’s joint meeting of the House Redistricting Subcommittee and Senate Redistricting Subcommittee will consider the same agenda and presentations.

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Updates to MyDistrictBuilder: Save and Open Functions Active

The ability to Save plans in MyDistrictBuilder has been activated.  Currently, you can only Save in DOJ (Department of Justice) format.  The Open function is also active.  When Saving and Opening, the file extension will appear as “.doj”.  It is recommended that you Save your work regularly.

With the 2010 Census data already available in MyDistrictBuilder, and samples of the American Community Survey data available, users can certainly begin building redistricting plans now.

DOJ format is what the Legislature will use to submit plans for the State House, State Senate and congressional districts to the U.S. Department of Justice.  This format is generally the most common language between redistricting applications.

In addition to Save and Open, there are some changes to the data grid at the bottom of MyDistrictBuilder.  Read the rest of this entry »

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