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Guidance for Public Participation

With public meetings on redistricting about to begin throughout Florida, we are getting questions about what kinds of public testimony are appropriate at those public meetings.  How can Floridians express the interests of their communities without running afoul of state and federal redistricting laws?  How can Floridians talk about redistricting in a way that positively reflects the standards in law?

While it is the goal of the Florida House of Representatives to consider any public testimony that is offered at the public meetings, via the House’s MyDistrictBuilder application, or through any other means, it is equally important to address the reality that – by law – some kinds of input simply cannot be considered in the crafting of Florida’s new state legislative and congressional district maps.

We created the handout below, Guidance for Public Participation, as a reference to the concepts that are promoted and prohibited in federal and Florida redistricting laws.  Guidance for Public Participation can also be found at www.floridaredistricting.org (or directly at http://bit.ly/mTaxBj).

The handout gives general guidance for the kinds of public testimony that will be considered, and also the kinds of public testimony that will not be considered.  For a greater understanding of these legal issues, visit the Legal Resources section at www.floridaredistricting.org.  Our Redistricting Concepts & Terminology document at http://bit.ly/i1DpDu may also be a helpful guide.

We hope you find the handout helpful, but please feel free to email us at mydistrictbuilder@myfloridahouse.gov if you have any questions.

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2012 Qualifying Week Changed to June 4-8, 2012

Note, recent changes to Florida election laws advanced the 2012 Primary Election by two weeks.  See House Bill 1355 at http://1.usa.gov/kZgNXH, page 49, lines 1369-1370.  Therefore, the Primary Election will occur August 14, 2012.

As a result, 2012 qualifying for state and federal office (state legislature, congress) is also moved up two weeks.  “Qualifying week,” as it is often referred to, will be June 4-8, 2012

We will be amending several of our public outreach documents to reflect the new qualifying week.  If you utilize any of our old presentations for the purpose of public outreach, please make sure to note the change in the qualifying week.

Qualifying for state and federal office occurs in the same week “in each year in which the Legislature apportions the state” (redistricting).  See section 99.061 (9), Florida Statutes at http://bit.ly/eYpkBE.

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