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Senate Reapportionment Committee releases new maps

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December

The Senate Reapportionment Committee just updated its proposals to redraw the boundary lines of Congressional and State Senate districts. These are the panel's first revisions since it submitted  initial proposals on Nov. 28.

The newly updated Congressional map tweaks the lines of the 3rd District, a minority access seat that includes parts of Jacksonville and Orlando and is currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown. The revised map also swaps some land between the 12th and 13th Congressional districts in Manatee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties.

The biggest change to the Senate district map is that all but a few seats have been renumbered. There are also some adjustments to boundary lines within Lake County, impacting what were Districts 9 & 20 on the old map (Districts 10 & 11 on the new one).

The panel will discuss its Proposed Committee Substitutes to Senate Bills 1174 and 1176 on Jan. 11.

Here is a link to the Senate Redistricting website, where you can view the latest maps and follow the reapportionment process.

Meanwhile, the House's three Redistricting Subcommittees also released new information Friday to accompany maps they unveiled earlier this month. The House panels are all scheduled to meet Jan. 9. Here is a link to the House's redistricting site.

As far as the Senate's revised maps, the changes are the result of feedback the committee received since its November proposals, according to staff analysis reports. This includes committee discussion on December 6, as well as suggestions offered by the state's Supervisors of Elections during a Dec. 10 meeting.

From the staff report on 1174 (Congressional redistricting): "The proposed committee substitute:

  • Follows city boundaries and decreases the numbers of times cities are split by districts,
  • Follows geographic boundaries, including bays, rivers, major roadways, and other recognizable physical features, and
  • Changes the boundary of District 13 to include coastal Charlotte County (west of Interstate 75), in addition to coastal Manatee and Sarasota Counties and the City of North Port. Changes the boundary of District 12 to include rural areas of in Manatee and Sarasota Counties (east of Interstate 75 and excluding the City of North Port), in addition to rural areas in Charlotte County."

From the staff report on SB 1176 (Senate districts): "The proposed committee substitute:

  • Decreases the numbers of times counties are split by districts,
  • Follows city boundaries and decreases the numbers of times cities are split by districts,
  • Follows geographic boundaries, including bays, rivers, major roadways, and other recognizable physical features,
  • Lowers population deviations among districts, and
  • Assigns odd-numbered districts in a manner equitable to senators elected to terms of two years or less prior to redistricting and assigns even-numbered districts in a manner equitable to senators elected to four year terms prior to redistricting."

[Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 8:43am]

    

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