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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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Appointments to Redistricting Committee & Subcommittees

Today, Speaker Cannon announced appointments to serve on the Redistricting Committee, House Redistricting Subcommittee, Senate Redistricting Subcommittee, and Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee.

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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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Speaker Cannon’s Update on Committee Appointments

From an April 15, 2011 memorandum to all Members of the Florida House of Representatives, title “Update on Appointments…

…”The Redistricting Committee, the House Redistricting Subcommittee, the Senate Redistricting Subcommittee and the Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee will have their first meetings on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.  The vice chair of the Redistricting Committee, the chairs and vice chairs of the subcommittees, and the membership of the committee and the subcommittees will be announced by Monday, April 18.”

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Florida House Calendars First Redistricting Committee Meetings

April 13 – The Florida House of Representatives released its Calendar for Week 7 of the 2011 Legislative Session.  The House Redistricting Committee and its three subcommittees will hold their first meetings April 20 and 21.

The three subcommittees are the House Redistricting Subcommittee, the Senate Redistricting Subcommittee and the Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee — named for the specific district maps under their jurisdication.

April 20, the Redistricting Committee and the Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee will meet jointly, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM, in 212 Knott Building of the Capitol complex.  April 21, the House Redistricting Subcommittee and the Senate Redistricting Subcommittee will meet jointly, same time, same location. Read the rest of this entry »

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