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Will Weatherford says 'your tax dollars' aren't being spent on redistricting



Redistricting will be a messy battle in 2012. And that means legislators need money to protect their turf. But how much have they set aside to wage the war?

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that the House set aside $30 million that can be used for redistricting and to fight potential lawsuits. But state Rep. Will Weatherford, the House redistricting chairman and a Republican from Wesley Chapel, rejected that claim while speaking at a public legislative redistricting meeting in Panama City.

"There is no $30 million pot of money. That doesn't exist," Weatherford, the House speaker designate, told the audience. "Your tax dollars are not being spent on anything like that. There is no large pot of money out there that is fighting anything."

Several readers saw the Sentinel's reporting and the response from Weatherford and asked PolitiFact Florida to look into it.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:02pm]


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