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First round of reapportionment hearings announced

Meeting in the House chamber Friday morning, legislators announced the first round of statewide public meetings on reapportionment, the once-a-decade job of redrawing all legislative and Congressional districts to conform to population changes. 

"This process will only be successful if we let the public start the conversation," House Speaker Dean Cannon told lawmakers. "This process will only be successful if we let the public start the conversation. Your task this summer will be much more about listening than talking."

Here is the schedule for the first four public meetings:

* June 20: Tallahassee, Capitol, 412 Knott Building, 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

* June 21: Milton, Milton Community Center, 10-1 p.m.

* June 21: Fort Walton Beach, Fort Walton Beach High, 6-9 p.m.

* June 22: Panama City, Gulf Coast Community Center, 10-1 p.m. 

The second round of public forums in July will be held in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, The Villages and Gainesville.

[Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2011 9:23am]


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