Redistricting panels weigh issues including concerns about Internet access and how to count inmates

BY: and - October 20, 2021

Democrats raised fresh concerns Wednesday during hearings on new district maps for Florida House and Senate and congressional seats, including how to count prison inmates, how closely to adhere to existing districts, and the late arrival of documents for review during the day’s meetings. Additionally, they continued to press for public hearings in local communities […]

Democrats propose lifting veil of secrecy on preliminary redistricting plans

BY: - October 19, 2021

Legislative Democrats have proposed repealing public-records exemptions that shield deliberations over the drawing of new state House and Senate and congressional district boundaries. The legislation from Rep. Joseph Geller, representing parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and Sen. Annette Taddeo, of Miami-Dade, comes as the Legislature gets down to work on redrawing district lined in […]

Glimmer of hope appears for virtual public hearings on Florida’s redistricting

BY: and - October 13, 2021

Might the Republicans running the Florida Legislature’s redistricting committees budge on Democrats’ requests to let the public speak online about drawing their future voting districts? The effort would utilize Zoom or similar online platforms around the state. House redistricting chairman Tom Leek of Volusia County didn’t bother to respond when asked that question during a […]

Top Democrat on FL House redistricting panel calls for public hearings; no response from GOP chair

BY: - October 12, 2021

The top-ranking Democrat on the Florida House Redistricting Committee on Tuesday again called for public hearings to receive citizen comments about their future voting districts, and again he was left with no such commitment from the Republican chairman. Broward-Dade Rep. Joe Geller, a veteran member of the House of Representatives, told Redistricting Chairman Tom Leek, […]

Senate still mum on whether to hold public hearings in drawing new voting districts

BY: - October 11, 2021

Despite calls for public hearings on redistricting, the Florida Senate still has not announced whether it will host any events to hear citizen recommendations on drawing new legislative and congressional voting districts for 2022 and the rest of the decade. On Monday, during the second meeting of the Senate Committee on Reapportionment, Chairman Ray Rodrigues, […]

House Democrat on redistricting: ‘I’m certain there’s going to be lawsuits’

BY: - October 11, 2021

A leading legislative Democrat warned Monday that redrawing boundaries for state House, Senate, and congressional districts could drag out for years, if history is any guide. During a Zoom call with reporters, Evan Jenne, a co-leader of his party’s caucus from Broward County, noted that legal challenges to the redistricting that followed the 2010 Census […]