Map proposals from Congress won bipartisan praise in Florida

Map proposals from Congress won bipartisan praise in Florida

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  • Snapshot of the Florida Senate
  • The proposed congressional map would create a new district between Orlando and Tampa.

Staff proposals to redraw congressional lines in Florida for the next decade, including the addition of a new Republican-leaning district in Polk County, won bipartisan praise from senators on Tuesday.

“From where I stand right now, it’s really a good plan on nearly all of them,” Senator Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, said after a staff presentation on the differences in four nearly identical staff proposals.

“It’s been out in the public for seven or eight days now, and I haven’t heard any negative reactions to any of those,” Stewart said, before adding, “So far. We might hear some because more people have a chance to look at it.” command.”

Senator Gayle Harrell, Stewart’s Republican, said she is preparing a Zoom meeting with voters from Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County to gather input and encouraged other lawmakers to do the same, as the Senate and House of Representatives have not announced plans to hold hearings across the state.

“I hope they (Harrell voters) will take the time to look at them (the maps) in detail,” she said.

The once-a-decade redistricting will be a major issue during the 2022 legislative session, which will begin on January 11. New maps for Congress, the Senate and the state assembly must be completed before qualification for next year’s elections begins on June 13.

Last week, senators released preliminary proposals for congressional and senate districts. The house has not released drafts.

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Jennifer Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who chairs the Senate Select Subcommittee on Congressional Redistribution, directed senators to consider further “improvements and consistency” before the committee meets again on November 29.

Meanwhile, Florida League of Women Voters president Cecil Scone said more data analysis on district-level impacts is needed “so we can consider all minority access areas and minority majority counties.”

Scone added that senators need to conduct a “functional analysis” of each district due to the state’s growing population to determine if there has been a decline in the ability of minority voters to elect candidates of their choice.

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ALDEENEM: National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) Alliance Jay Ferrin, staff director for the Senate Redistribution Committee, said employees followed US census blocks, not districts to establish the new lines. And while Ferrin said staff would look at job analyzes region by region, he said he wasn’t sure “population growth across the state is forcing us to do that.”

The Senate’s initial proposals would accommodate the new congressional district in Polk County by condensing districts to the east around Orlando and to the west in the Tampa area. However, the changes won’t significantly change two regions – District 7 controlled by Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and District 13 held by Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist – that have received the most attention from critics as potential targets for the Republican-controlled legislature to help with Overturning the seats of the US House of Representatives.

In southern Florida, maps will transmit lines across Miami-Dade County, as District 24 covering Miami, Miami Parks, Miramar and Hollywood will be pushed east away from Miramar to the shoreline, including Miami Beach, North Bay Village and Sunny Isles Beach. The seat is occupied by Democrat Frederica Wilson.

Also, two of the proposals would move District 21 in Palm Beach County inland. The district is controlled by Democrat Louis Frankel. On those maps, District 22, which was controlled by Democrat Ted Deutch, would move along the coast to include Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth Beach.

In the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump won 15 of the state’s 27 congressional districts. Under the draft proposals, which include the extra seat, Trump’s win total appears to be 16 districts.

Florida gets 28 seats in the US House of Representatives due to population growth over the past decade.

The state’s congressional delegation currently consists of 16 Republicans and 10 Democrats, with one seat open in a densely populated area of ​​South Florida.

Ferrin said a “functional analysis” has been conducted in a number of regions, including District 9 in Osceola County, which is controlled by Democrat Darren Soto, and District 10 in Orange County, which is controlled by Democrat Val Demings.

Ferrin said that, due to the increase in the Hispanic population, District 9 is now a majority-minority area, while changes to District 10 will not reduce the ability of African Americans to participate in the political process or elect candidates of their choice.

Similar analysis confirmed the minority-majority status of District 20 in Palm Beach and Broward counties, formerly represented by the late Congressman Ales Hastings, and the Hispanic-majority minority status of each district covering Miami-Dade County.

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