Senate moving forward on map proposals

Senate moving forward on map proposals

It is possible that senators’ proposals to redraw legislative and congressional districts for the next decade will be available this week, while it seems increasingly unlikely that public workshops will be held to take input on the proposed maps.

Ray Rodrigues, the Senate chair on redistribution, wrote to senators on Monday, November 8, that he wants the initial proposals to be available by Wednesday “to ensure there is plenty of time for review.” Rodriguez also asked lawmakers to respect the proposals and bear in mind the analysis provided by organizations “whose goals may be motivated by improper partisan intentions.” The Senate redistricting subcommittees will meet next week.

Rodriguez wrote, “I realize that publishing staff maps several days in advance of select subcommittee meetings will likely lead to an immediate influx of self-appointed redistricting experts of all political persuasions into media outlets seeking to advance their own version of the staff’s work product. we’ve got” . “As we know from our work in other areas of public policy, for-profit activists unlike lawmakers do not have notice requirements.” While Democratic lawmakers have advocated public input beyond committee meetings in Tallahassee, Rodriguez wrote that lawmakers can request virtual public testimony.

“Voters are not waiting for a general meeting to make their voices heard,” Rodriguez wrote. “As with redistricting, or any other matter before the legislature, public testimony is one of the many ways the public can influence the process. Many voters send emails, and messages can be mailed or delivered to lawmakers. local representatives, and individuals can meet with their local representatives.” Rodriguez also noted that public certification was required in the last three redistricting cycles because five counties were subject to what is known as “pre-clearance” under the Federal Voting Rights Act. However, the pre-clearance requirement is no longer in effect after the 2013 US Supreme Court ruling. The Senate Select Subcommittee on Congressional Redistribution is scheduled to meet on November 16, and the Senate Select Subcommittee on Legislative Redistribution is scheduled to meet On November 17. Redistricting will be a major issue during the 2022 legislative session, which will begin on January 11.

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