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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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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 Meetings Announced

Friday, May 6, 2011 – The House Redistricting Committee and Senate Committee on Reapportionment held a joint committee meeting on the House Chamber Floor.  The meeting served as an announcement of the scheduled dates for public meetings on redistricting – to be held this summer – throughout Florida.  Click here for video highlights.

The public meetings will serve as one of the primary tools for Florida’s diverse communities to present their suggestions for Florida’s new state legislative and congressional district boundary lines. 

Today’s announcement highlighted meetings from June 20-22 in Tallahassee, Milton, Fort Walton, and Panama City – and – meetings from July 11-13 in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, The Villages and Gainesville.  Additionally, meetings will soon be announced for Central Florida (July 25-28), Southeast Florida (tentatively August 15-18) and Southwest Florida (tentatively August 29-September 1).  Click here to watch the full meeting.

As meeting information is updated, www.floridaredistricting.org will always contain the latest and greatest calendar news. Read the rest of this entry »

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Learning MyDistrictBuilder: Taking a Tour of its Features

The end of this week’s committee meetings will provide a turning point for the members of the redistricting committees – in which they go from learning about the redistricting process – to sharing with and learning from Floridians.  

Overall, the three recent weeks of meetings are intended to give committee members the foundation they need for all forms of public input on redistricting, including MyDistrictBuilder, and this summer and fall’s public meetings throughout Florida.

Coming into this week, members of the committees have learned about many of the public participation resources available through www.floridaredistricting.org, which also provides public access to the beta version of MyDistrictBuilder.

This week, committee members are listening to a tutorial on MyDistrictBuilder, but they are also receiving a tutorial (below) that they can provide to their constituents.  The PowerPoint document was created so that Floridians could follow a learning process similar to the committee members themselves.  The full 24 MB version of the PowerPoint can be downloaded by clicking here.

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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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Video Highlights: Florida’s Census Results & Demographics

The video highlights portions of Amy Baker’s presentation on Florida’s 2010 Census results and demographics to last week’s redistricting committee and subcommittee meetings.

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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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Video Update: www.floridaredistricting.org’s Page 2 and Page 3

Take a tour of the changes to www.floridaredistricting.org, including its Page 2 and Page 3.

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Video Update: Chairman Weatherford’s Opening Remarks

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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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