Redistricting: Will Florida voters get a fair plan?

November 10, 2011

During the regular session that starts Jan. 10, the Legislature must redraw Florida’s legislative and congressional district boundaries based on the 2010 Census to adjust for various growth rates in different parts of the state. Districts determine which voters participate in which elections for choosing representatives in the U.S. House, State Senate, and State House.

New redistricting standards in the Florida Constitution require the Legislature to draw lines based on factors unrelated to party and incumbency. Will the legislature allow partisan politics to prevail? Or, will lines be drawn to favor specific groups, turning redistricting into a contentious process?

SPEAKERS: 

Hon. Chip LaMarca
One of Broward County’s County Commissioners, Chip LaMarca is a lifelong resident of Broward’s Fourth District who has earned a reputation for being a citizens’ advocate and a respected voice for taxpayers.
Hon. Dan Gelber 
Gelber was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000. In 2008, Gelber was elected to the Florida Senate
Hon. Steve Geller
Steve Geller is an attorney and politician in Florida. He was a Democratic member of the Florida Senate from 1999 to 2008 and served as Minority Leader during 2006-08. Previously he was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1988 through 1999.

MODERATOR: Mike Mayo, Sun Sentinel

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