The Senate Committee on Reapportionment recently published the initial proposals for redrawing congressional and state legislative district boundaries at www.flsenate.gov/redistricting. Plans S000C9002 and S000S9004 are based on testimony heard at the 26 public redistricting hearings held across the state, and reflect the unanimous bipartisan decisions made by committee members who directed staff to draw plans after reviewing publicly submitted maps during our last four interim committee meetings.
"Because we want to hear what you have to say about our maps, the Senate has opened numerous lines of communication." said Senator Don Gaetz, Chair of the Senate Committee on Reapportionment in a memo to the County. "We looked hard to find a way to host another round of public hearings at locations all across the state, but it was not possible without pushing back the timeline we were repeatedly asked to speed up. Instead, professional staff, in consultation the Florida Channel, came up with what I think is an even easier, more accessible, and more efficient way for Floridians to comment on the new maps."
Beginning today, residents are able to participate by submitting testimony in a number of different ways:
- By calling 855-FLA-MAPS (toll free) and leaving a message;
- By emailing comments to RedistrictFlorida@flsenate.gov;
- By sending comments via Twitter to @Redistrict2012;
- By posting video feedback on the Reapportionment Committee’s YouTube page;
- By visiting the Committee’s Facebook page; or
These methods for collecting public input were chosen to provide convenient ways for the public to continue to be fully engaged in the redistricting process. In partnership with the Florida Channel, the feedback received will be broadcast at the next committee meeting on Dec. 6, when the committee formally introduces the legislation.
"If we get more public comments than we have time to hear during the meeting, we will listen to what we can, and post the entire collection on the Senate Redistricting website." said Gaetz.
Of course, public input and testimony will also be welcomed at the committee’s next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in room 412 of the W.V. Knott Building at the Capitol Complex. The committee meeting can be viewed online on the Senate’s Media Page or The Florida Channel’s Redistricting Video Library.